Ian Bailey expects to be rearrested “within the next few days or maybe weeks” for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Facing the prospect of a murder trial in France, Mr Bailey has now said he will write to the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General and the chief State solicitor in a bid to clear his name.

He wants Irish authorities to charge him in this jurisdiction with the murder of the French film-maker in West Cork two decades ago.

The journalist, 59, yesterday said he believes that he will have “no chance” of a fair trial in France.

“We know that from our own knowledge,” said Mr Bailey. “For instance, they came over in, I think it was 2011, and interviewed 30-odd witnesses, one of them was Jules — my partner Jules Thomas.

“The interview went on and was recorded and transmitted back to France in live time where it was watched by the judge and they [the prosecutors] indicated that they were unaware of a very significant fact which was in our favour.”

For this reason, Mr Bailey said he would be taking the unusual step of writing to the DPP, Claire Loftus, to plead with her to reconsider her position not to charge him so he “may have a fair chance of a fair trial”.

However, he added: “I am expecting and anticipating that, relatively shortly, within the next few days or maybe weeks, I am likely to be rearrested under a European arrest warrant and have to go through the procedure which I have already gone through once where I was on bail for two years.

“I am living now with the prospect of and knowing that a second warrant is being drawn up for my arrest, which hasn’t yet apparently arrived in Ireland. I am living with the very real likelihood of now being arrested for a second time on a European arrest warrant which is based upon a pile of falsities.”

Mr Bailey denied he killed Ms du Plantier and added: “I never actually considered myself to be suspect in any true meaning of the word because I had nothing to do with it, there was no foundation to the allegation. I am no longer considered here to be either a suspect or the prime suspect.

He said he “assumes” that the French authorities have new evidence but has not been informed of this.

“They seem to be indicating that they have, under their system of criminal justice procedure, enough evidence to charge me,” he said. “I can only assume that there is something in that file that gives credibility to that allegation.”

Speaking on RTE’s Drivetime programme, Mr Bailey said he had only heard details of the new arrest warrant from the media.

“There has been no formal contact at all either with myself or my legal team,” he said. “We have been subject to a 20-year nightmare and at the moment Jules is finding it very difficult. She takes it much harder than I do in a way, because I have some legal training and I am able to rationalise things. But it really is a torture.”

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