[Jules Thomas, Ian Bailey and their solicitor Frank Buttimer outside the Four Courts in March 2012 after he won a two-year legal battle against his extradition to France over the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996.]
Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas’ civil action against the State is up for mention in the High Court this morning.
It comes as John Burke of RTÉ last night reported that 133 separate tape recordings from Bandon Garda Station have emerged of conversations between gardaí, witnesses and journalists relating to the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder case.
Mr Burke said they were found last autumn following a discovery order made by Mr Bailey and Ms Thomas’ lawyers.
Mr Burke reported that 36 involve conversations between [fake witness] Marie Farrell and gardaí; 18 involve conversations with [informant] Martin Graham and gardaí; 42 involve conversations between journalists and gardaí; 37 involve conversations between gardaí and other members of the force, including senior garda officers; while at least one is a recorded conference call between local gardaí and senior gardaí in Dublin.
UPDATE, from the High Court:
High Court: Ian Bailey's legal team says new evidence shows level of contact between Gardai and journalists "beyond belief"
— Stephen Murphy (@SMurphyTV3) April 4, 2014
Ian Bailey's lawyers have not had time to process 130 tapes of recorded conversations..gardai transcribing them
— Francesca Comyn (@cescacomyn) April 4, 2014