The Irish Mail on Sunday
Du Plantier’s ill mother cites ‘18-year double penalty’
THE heartbroken mother of murder victim Sophie Toscan Du Plantier has declared ‘enough is enough’.
She made her plea in a letter read by her brother Jean Pierre Gazeau at a press conference in Cork last night.
The 87-year-old Parisian grandmother stated that the controversy about how her daughter’s death was investigated by gardaí and the delay in bringing her killer to justice has damaged her health, leaving her unable to travel.
She said her family has suffered a double tragedy as a result of Ireland’s flawed judicial system.
Madame Marguerite Bouniol wrote: ‘I deeply regret to be unable to attend this press conference.
‘I ask the association representatives to relay the following to the attendance. We, the family, have been suffering a double penalty for almost 18 years:
– Sophie was murdered and we, the plaintiffs, are mute in Ireland;
– We never had the opportunity to make our case and now we are victims of serious malfunctions from police and judicial Irish systems.
– Myself as Sophie’s mother can’t wait any longer.’