Statement on Liam Campbell extradition hearing and details.

At last Wednesdays sitting of the High Court of Justice, 6th hDecember 2017, Justice Donnelly accepted that all warrants issued against Mr. Liam Campbell were one in the same.

Barrister Remy Farrell in his opening submission, argued that the warrant for the extradition of Liam Campbell from Ireland to Lithuania, has indeed already been decided upon by the Supreme Court; whose final judgment, dated June 2013, was that Liam Campbell has no case to answer.

This judgment ended 4 years of imprisonment, 3 years of those were served in solitary confinement, with 23 hr lock up; 20 mins on Sunday’s was allotted by prison authorities to allow prisoners attend mass.

Barrister Remy Farrell followed up by stating it was an abuse of process, that authorities in the North, prevented Liam Campbell return to the jurisdiction were this same warrant had been processed, and bail terms agreed upon, back in May 2009.
Had Liam Campbell been returned at this time, he would have received the same result as was determined in a related extradition case.

Farrell continued his questioning on whether it is further abuse, that the Irish State hear the case again, some 4 years later, stating that “companies of creditors have more allowances afforded them, than human beings”.

It is almost a decade since Lithuania issued their first warrant that began Liam’s struggle against extradition. During this time, they have “failed to put their house in order as to torture and degrading treatment”, as affirmed by the unified voice of defending Barristers.

The Irish State by issuing, what has become a third warrant against Liam Campbell, have permitted the Lithuanian authorities to hunt and pursue at any cost a different outcome as to what has already been judged, whilst at the same time, scrambling to spread the bedsheet on reports of abuse and torture, to a harrowing degree, as attested by former prisoner Michael Campbell, whom had been detained for 4 long and gruelling years in Lukiškės Prison, Lithuania.

There were no errors or misinterpretations at the time of Liam Campbell’s solitary confinement in Maghaberry Prison.
Authorities in the North, where aware of the case having already begun in the neighbouring state, with bail agreements also having been secured.

Mr Gageby, spoke movingly about the anxiety suffered by the family, during the years spent challenging extradition. He enlightened the court as to the major disparity that exists between state demand for completeness, and the years of legal wrangling and personal suffering inflicted on the defendant and his family, in the absence of closure.

He continued by comparing in stark contrast, the failings of Lithuanian Authorities to adhere to due process and accept the findings of previous courts to the impact these years have had on Liam Campbell and his family, arguing “how can an individual be expected to live in permanent fear over many years from a fellow member state?; their moral neglect to safeguarding life can be interrupted as culpability, oppression or abuse that, in this case could very well have been handled in a different matter. Where is the evidence of abuse of process in matters of this kind?

Exceptionality in the case, it is bountiful, more so when compared to other exceptional cases of this like, that are known to the court.

Whilst Lithuania had no knowledge that Liam Campbell would be remanded for 4 years in the North of Ireland and suffer 3 years in isolation and regular strip searches, nonetheless, that is in fact what happened. The continued underhandedness involved in the case is startling. The hearing is set to continue.

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News

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.

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