Liam Campbell extradition case adjourned over issue with prosecutor’s independence

Liam Campbell

A hearing into the proposed extradition of an Irishman wanted in Lithuania for alleged terrorism offences and the trafficking of weapons to Ireland has been adjourned.

Liam Campbell (54) was arrested on December 2nd, 2016, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Lithuanian authorities.

The arrest warrant for Mr Campbell states that he allegedly organised the preparation for the smuggling of weapons in support of the “terrorist grouping” the Real IRA (RIRA) between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007.

“While acting in an organised group he made arrangements for illegal possession of a considerable amount of powerful firearms, ammunition, explosive devices and substances,” according to the warrant which was endorsed by the High Court in 2016.

This morning in the High Court Brian Gageby BL, for Mr Campbell, told Mr Justice Paul McDermott the case was part-heard and asked that it be adjourned as a “Lithuanian prosecutor’s point arises”.

Previously, the court heard an issue has arisen over the independence, or otherwise, of the Lithuanian public prosecutor. That case is currently before the European courts.

Mr Justice McDermott adjourned the matter until May 23.

With many thanks to the: Irish Republican Prisoners News for the original posting

John Downey to be extradited to the North of Ireland

A County Donegal man wanted in the North of Ireland on suspicion of involvement in the killing of two soldiers is to be extradited from the 26 Counties.

John Downey, 67, was previously accused of the killings of four soldiers in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing.

He was to stand trial for those murders in 2014 but the trial collapsed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) sought the extradition over the murder of two men in in 1972.

Alfred Johnston and James Eames of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) were killed in a bomb attack in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Mr Downey was detained in the 26 Counties last October under a European Arrest Warrant.

On Friday the High Court ordered his extradition to the North of Ireland

His extradition has been delayed until Wednesday to allow him leave to appeal.

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News for the original posting.

Taken from BBC News (a few amendments made on terminology)

Update on Liam Campbell extradition case

On 23 Nov 2017, a Lithuanian Minister for Justice, in reply to Justice Donnelly’s request for further information, offered his undertaking that if Mr Liam Campbell was extradited he would be held at Kaunas Remand Prison, Lithuania.

Barrister Remy Farrell for Liam Campbell argued that, any assurance offered could not be taken at face value, no guarantees could be given that torture or degrading treatment would not be meted out. He argued that this was an attempt by the Lithuanian authorities to sweep under the carpet the widely known defects In their system of protection and the abusive treatment suffered by those persons held in prisons in that country today.

Farrell, continued his argument, that it is “profoundly unsatisfactory” that one year on from Liam’s arrest, the State of Lithuania attempt to change tactics, using veiled assurances that run contrary to common practices and the evidence pertaining in the warrant, that state Liam Campbell, would effectively be held in Lukiskes Remand Prison.

Farrell offered the view that indeed this could only be viewed as a self-serving act by the Lithuanian state.

As it currently stands, Lithuanian code of practice states that a person sought for trial will be held in the state where a warrant is issued. In the case of Liam Campbell this is the condemned prison of Lukiskes, an ex-Soviet torture camp.

Lithuanian Authorities, rather than address their failings to observe and correct the human rights abuses and consequent infringements placed on them by the European community, not to mention rulings against such practices by their own courts; attempt to gloss over these grim and barbaric conditions stating they would make an exception in this case.

In June 2017 Prevention of Torture committee member, Professor Rod Morgan, was refused entry to update his findings on the treatment of persons held in detention centres in Lithuania. This refusal was followed by high level talks between the Committee from the Prevention of Torture ( CPT) and Lithuania, a red alert that the barbaric treatment in prisons was still continuing and was not about to change anytime soon.

As it stands, Ireland does not have any law on accepting the promise that torture or degrading treatment will not happen in a requesting state, especially so in the case of an Irish person whose extradition is sought. Gageby requests that a legal provision be determined on the matter by members of the Oireachtas in the absence of same.

The willingness and speed in which Lithuanian Authorities continue to pursue extradition in what has now become a 9 year struggle for The Campbell family, must be viewed as being exactly what it is, a murky, underhanded act of puppetry at its best, by the State of Lithuania on behalf of British Agents, that have conducted and secretly masterminded this case of deception and allure.

We need to look no further for proof of British state involvement than that of Liam’s brother Michael which is a related case.

In 2008 Liam’s brother Michael was arrested in Lithuania on charges of arms smuggling, he was initially sentenced to 12 years in a Lithuanian prison, however on appeal in 2013 he was acquitted as it emerged in court that he was framed by British intelligence.

Since 2009 the Campbell family have faced turmoil and stress as Lithuania continually tries to extradite Liam. The first European arrest warrant was executed in the 26 counties in January 2009, at the time The Dublin government had been warned that if the extradition was granted it could be in breach of Article 3 the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Liam was released on bail while proceedings where underway and complied with all conditions.

In May 2009 Liam was then arrested by the 6 County state police force, on foot of the same European arrest warrant, he was not granted bail and was held in Maghaberry prison while extradition proceedings in the North took place. These proceedings took nearly 4 years!
All the while Liam was incarcerated and spent much of that time in 23 hour lock up. Finally in January 2012 the extradition attempt was dismissed, this was then appealed and in February 2013 a Belfast Court upheld the original ruling against extradition stating that Liam would be held in barbaric conditions and that he ” would be at real risk of inhuman and degrading treatment by reason of the jail conditions”. Liam was finally released in March 2013.

This latest attempt to extradite Liam should be viewed with the same suspicion as previous attempts.

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With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News

Members of the Thomas Harte cuman Republican Sinn Féin erected more boards in North Armagh today

The boards highlight the current use of internment in Ireland. Gabriel Mackle, Neil Hegarty and Tony Taylor are currently interned without charge, without trial and without any justification.

Also the attempted extradition of Liam Campbell is highlighted. The free state government are currently trying to have him extradited to Lithuania where he will face inhumane prison conditions and breaches of his human rights.

With many thanks to: Chris Hamll – Republican Sinn Féin

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