Liam Campbell cannot get a fair trial in Lithuania

Stop the extradition of Liam Campbell to Lithuaina

Liam Campbell, an alleged Real IRA leader, will argue that he cannot receive a fair trial in Lithuania because his brother’s terrorism conviction was found to have been based on entrapment.

Campbell, 54, of Upper Faughart in north Louth, who was found liable for the 1998 Omagh bomb in a civil action eight years ago, appeared in the High Court in Dublin yesterday to contest his extradition to Lithuania, where he is accused of a Real IRA plot to buy large quantities of explosives and weapons.

Brian Gageby, his barrister, told the court that he wanted an adjournment while he sought an English translation of Michael Campbell’s trial and appeal in Vilnius. Mr Gageby is preparing to argue that Liam Campbell cannot receive a fair trial, which is required under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Campbell’s brother was convicted in Lithuania in 2011 of conspiracy to buy weapons and explosives, following a joint MI5-Lithuanian police operation. Michael Campbell was jailed for twelve years but his conviction was overturned on appeal in 2013 on the grounds that he was entrapped by MI5. Liam Campbell is now seeking a transcript of that appeal to use in his case.

Since Michael Campbell returned to Ireland the highest court in Lithuania overturned the appeal, finding that the appeal court erred in putting too much weight on entrapment defence. As a result Michael Campbell may also be extradited back to Lithuania.

Judge Aileen Donnelly agreed to adjourn Liam Campbell’s case for a month yesterday to allow the state and the defence to prepare documents.

Campbell is receiving free legal aid to fight extradition, claiming that he will not get a fair trial and also that prison conditions in Lithuania are so bad that they violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The article prohibits extradition if there is a “substantial risk” that the person will undergo inhumane or degrading treatment.

He won on Article 3 grounds when Lithuania sought to extradite him from Northern Ireland, after which he was released by the High Court in Belfast and was rearrested in the Republic. Campbell’s co-accused, Brendan McGuigan, 36, of Omeath, Co Louth, was previously released by the High Court in Dublin, also because prison conditions in Lithuania would be a violation of his rights under Article 3.

Both men are wanted in Lithuania for allegedly organising a Real IRA explosives and weapons importation scheme. A Lithuanian arrest warrant read in court states that Campbell “made arrangements for illegal possession of a considerable amount of powerful firearms, ammunition, explosive devices and substances” to be exported from Lithuania to Ireland for use by a “terrorist grouping”.

The cargo was allegedly to include sniper rifles, rocket launchers, RPG-7 rockets, hand-grenades and Semtex explosives.

Campbell was allegedly a senior Real IRA member when the offences were committed in late 2006 and early 2007 and is alleged to have met with a British intelligence officer posing as an east European arms dealer.

with many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.

Repatriate Michael Campbell – Bring him home

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Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign

Today Final Submissions will be heard in Lithuania‘s appeal court concluding this phase of Michael Campbell’s legal affairs.

The Judge is likely to deliberate for 2 weeks from today, after which time he will either decide to extend Michael’s sentence or leave it as it is 12 years.

Then Two things may occur;

1.) The appeal verdict will conclude all domestic legal affairs permitting clear Repatriation to an Irish Prison.

2.) The British / Lithuanian Prosecutor will appeal the Judges decision. This would mean another period of up to 2 years of legal wrangling; all of it for the sole purpose of preventing a Repatriation order.

With the work we have done we really see a positive outcome possible.

At this point we thank each and every person who brought us to this stage. All of us in the Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign Group have been humbled by the support received thus far.

The petitions, writings, Council motions letters, pickets, protests, publications, rallies, boards, leaflets all of it has led to this day.

Now we wait and we pray that we have done enough to Bring Him Home.

Michael Campbell and the EU Presidency: Lithuanian hypocrisy !!!!

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On July 1, Lithuania has taken the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the 26 Counties Administration in Dublin for the coming twelve months. On this day, the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency has been published in Brussels. Referring to the illegal treatment of republican prisoner Michael Campbell and the inhumane treatment in prison, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld called the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency as “pure hypocrisy”.

The programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency vows to safeguard “that the EU institutions remain active in their protection of fundamental human rights both within the EU and abroad“. The programme continues: “Regarding the Southern neighbourhood, Lithuania will support the EU focus on more effective implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy aiming at promoting democracy and inclusive and sustainable growth, based on promotion of human rights, especially the equal rights and freedoms of women, as well as closer cooperation with civil society.“ Furthermore the documents claims: “The EU is ready to take on leadership in protecting human rights.“

The chapter D “Justice and Home Affairs” starts with: “The Council dedicates particular attention to the protection of interests and the needs of citizens and other EU residents, in order to ensure respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.”

In a statement, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin, said: “The whole document is pure hypocrisy. While the EU and the current EU-Presidency of Lithuania try to play the role of heralds of human rights and democracy, they hold an innocent Irish citizen under inhumane conditions in Lithuania. Not just that his basic human rights are continuously denied by the very government that produced this document. Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole process of coercion, incitement and setting traps is unlawful as such.

“While we demand the repatriation of Irish republican Michael Campbell, we are very aware of the fact that Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole court case was a farce, disreputable for a so-called democratic state in the 21st century. Thus, we call on all Irish republicans and their supporters in Europe and elsewhere to put pressure on the Lithuanian government. The unlawful refusal of Michael Campbell’s basic human rights must end immediately! We ask all our supporters to write letters to the Lithuanian embassy and consulate in your countries and demand justice for Irish republican prisoner Michael Campbell. We ask you to raise the case of Michael Campbell among your family, friends and in your workplace. Contact local, regional and national media outlets.

“Only a campaign of international pressure on the Lithuanian government can and ultimately will achieve justice and the repatriation of Michael Campbell”, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said.

Críoch/Ends.

I am only One. But still I am One. I can do something. Bring him Home. The Michael Campbell Petition. Please Please sign

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By Damian Herron

Bring Him Home – The international petition in support of the repatriation of Michael Campbell to Ireland will be updated again on 2nd August 2013 after which it will be presented for a second time to the relevant authorities and embassies across the world.

Incarcerated at Pravieniskiu Prison in Lithuania and existing in the most horrendous conditions, Michael Campbell is subjected daily to serious violations of human rights.

Human Rights are not optional.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 1

‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…’

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 5

‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’

Every name counts.

‘I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do’  H. Keller.

You will never truly understand something until it happens to you.

You can help. Show your support. Sign the petition.

Stand up against the abuse of Human Rights.

Give him hope.

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Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign

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Kevin Kinsy Kinsella > Brendan Hughes

Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign

**** JULY REVIEW ****

Over the past few weeks the selfless generosity displayed by all of you who support this campaign has been humbling but more importantly it has been effective.

The most constant feature of the campaign, a feature which travels back before this new and sustaining momentum gathered, is the On-Line Petition and as the number of signatures rise so do hopes that when this petition is presented to those in Authority they will be forced to listen and to act this is why it is VITAL for everyone to take the time to sign it. We need more signatures.

There have been successful functions held in Armagh and as far away as Philadelphia.

Newspapers and radio stations in Crossmaglen, Newry, Canada, New York and Philadelphia have carried stories and conducted interviews examining the human rights abuses foisted upon Michael Campbell. The hugely popular “Pensive Quill” has published several articles highlighting this emergency with written contributions forwarded by highly respected veteran activists.

There have been hugely successful Protests, Pickets and information Points in Dublin – Armagh – Monaghan and we are preparing to attend the Anti – Internment Rally in Belfast on the 9th of August. Thousands upon thousands of leaflets have been distributed and professionally crafted and painted “Bring Him Home Boards” are being erected through out Louth and Armagh and will be rolled out shortly to Belfast and Tyrone.

Yesterday the IRSP, in declaring their support for the Campaign announced there will be a protest held in Strabane on the 27th of August Highlighting Michael’s right to repatriation and the prolonged breaching of his Human rights. The experience of the IRSP in campaigning for Human rights, the rights of Prisoners and negotiating with those in positions of influence is unmatched and thus this massive boost to the campaign can not be underplayed.

Parliamentary Questions have been tabled in Leinster house with several senior political figures of the establishment pledging their support to having Michael Repatriated along with a Motions in support of his Repatriation passed by Newry and Mourne Council. This is the product of all your E-Mails, Letters and petitions, YOUR ground work that YOU have done has been invaluable to Michael.

There are many other positive things on going not mentioned here, like the imminent meeting with the Lithuanian Consulate in Ontario, or the constant contributors to this page and messages from campaigners informing and inspiring us on where to go next.

This is truly a peoples campaign for a Humanitarian Issue. Ordinary people have achieved through hard, laboursome thankless work the aforementioned huge results.

We cannot thank You enough for bringing this campaign to where it is today and now it is time to push and to really fight.

On August 30th we have the collective ability to take a huge decision out of bad peoples hands for a good cause and a decent man.

If we keep working the way we have been, and that means you who have written, signed the petition, commented with points on the page, attended a protest, handed out a leaflet, written a sample letter, provided information, written letters to legal representatives, everyone who has done anything, then we will have FORCED the 26 County Administration to Bring Michael Campbell home to serve the remainder of his sentence in Ireland.

We are contemplating the morning we view a picture of Michael being transported from Baldonnel Airport to Port Laoise Prison accompanying an article outlining the process of his Repatriation from Lithuania, That Newspaper article is imminent and will be your victory.

Get to work :: Bring Him Home!!

Repatration Campaign welcomes Council move

Repatriate Michael Campbell - BRING HIM HOME

Kevin Kinsy Kinsella > Cumann na saoirse Alba

Repatriation campaign welcomes council move

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

COUNCIL support for the repatriation of Michael Campbell has been warmly welcomed by those behind the campaign.

Campbell is currently serving a 12-year sentence in Lithuania on a conviction of supporting a terrorist organisation. But the Faughart man is seeking leave to see out his sentence in Ireland.

Praising the “informative and coherent debate” surrounding the issue, a spokesman for campaign said its driving force “has always been the humanitarian aspect”.

“Thus all support for this campaign is a declaration of support for human rights,” he said.

“The Humanitarian aspect of the entire campaign is both the principle and the priority.”

Meanwhile, the Lithuanian Appeals Court has pledged to hear final submissions in the case on August 30, after which a judgement will be made.

“Should the Judgment of the appeals court be accepted by the Lithuanian Prosecutor then Michael can be repatriated forthwith,” the campaign spokesman said.

“If however the Lithuanian Prosecutor decides to appeal this judgment and bring it to a higher court then that decision would determine Michael remaining in Lithuanian custody for at least another two years.

“Principally however Michael Campbell is an Irish Citizen and, as an Irish Citizen held captive in another European Union state, it is within the remit of the Irish Government to have him repatriated at a time of their choosing. “Michael could be repatriated immediately as the Irish government would uphold and implement any sentence handed down by the Lithuanian courts.”

http://www.newrydemocrat.com/articles/news/34813/repatriation-campaign-welcomes-council-move/

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT OUT AND SIGN THE PETITION FOR THE REPUTATION OF MICHAEL CAMPBELL

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Mary Larkin K > Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign

Please help Repatriate Michael Campbell every signature helps to pave his way home to Ireland…………Please sign, post on your site, forward to others……. YOU do make a difference http://www.change.org/petitions/bring-him-home-support-the-repatriation-of-michael-campbell-to-ireland

Mary Larkin.

The conditions Michael is being held under is a complete breach of his human rights under international law !!!

FREE MICHAEL CAMPBELL – SEND A LETTER TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TAL32

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Lithuanian Embassy Dublin

LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS

AMBASADA AIRIJOJE

47 Ailesbury Road,

Ballsbridge,

Dublin 4 IRELAND

Tel. +353 1 2035757

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing in support of Irish Citizen Michael Campbell who is currently in Lithuanian Custody and awaiting judgement from the Appeals court of Lithuania.

As an Irish Citizen, it is Michael’s right to be Repatriated to Ireland to complete the remainder of his sentence, however continued legal action against Michael directed by the Lithuanian Prosecutors office has prevented this right from being recognised.

Considering :

(i) The Report to the Lithuanian Government on the visit to Lithuania carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)

(ii) Crucial judgement’s delivered preventing the extradition of Irish Citizens to Lithuania based on this report,

and

(iii) accepting the length of time Michael Campbell has already spent in Lithuanian custody,

it is a matter of some urgency that current proceedings against Michael Campbell are concluded speedily and fairly while all if any pending or proposed proceedings are promptly discarded.

We seek humanity.

Yours in appreciation.

REPATRIATE MICHAEL CAMPBELL

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Cumann Sean MacEachaidh

The Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign.

1st July 2013.

Organised and mobilized. (Ard Mhacha Abú)

Armagh’s emphatic 2-21 – 0-02 victory over Wicklow at the Counties Athletic Grounds yesterday was not the only locally cultivated success in the city to be lauded.

Up to 30 members of The Repatriate Michael Campbell Campaign exploited the influx of GAA supporters and media personnel in to Armagh and staged a picket and information point highlighting the denials of Michael Campbell’s human rights, rights as an Irish Citizen and his right to come home and to serve his sentence on Irish Soil.

Over 3000 leaflets were distributed to an extremely responsive crowd and the campaign group were inundated with requests from both sets of supporters and neutrals, for further information and contact points for the future.

Local MLA’s Councillors and MP’s attending the game accepted leaflets from the group who covered all entry points to the stadium. All those who we interacted with, were respectful and courteous and when implored to consider the campaign most, if not all, committed to do so.

Today saw cohesion succeed with activists from all over county Armagh connecting and it is these efforts that will prove most successful in the weeks to come. We cannot thank all of those who helped out today enough.

It must be remembered, not diminishing Armagh’s victory, that this was a Qualifier and not billed as a Major Championship game, however the response was magnificent and we can now expect even greater things to follow on our next outing, so join in and become a part of this campaign as it rolls out.

The official campaign leaflet text is available to copy and paste on this page, or the actual leaflet and generic posters are available and can be printed from here.

This is a good cause and it will result in a victory for Human Rights. Share in that victory. Bring Michael Campbell Home!! (12 photos)

BRING HIM HOME – REPATRIATE MICHAEL CAMPBELL

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Lets push hard to get 500 signatures …spread the word http://www.change.org/petitions/bring-him-home-support-the-repatriation-of-michael-campbell-to-ireland

Michael Campbell,

Pravieniskiu pataisos namai-atviroji kolonija,

2-oji-valdyba,

Pravieniskiu 11 k,

Kaisiadoriu r,

LT-56552, Lithuania

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