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

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.

The prison conditions are appalling you wouldn’t allow an animal to live like this !!!

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.

Support Liam Campbell, say no to extradition

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News

DD McLaughlin would be subjected to inhuman and degrading conditions on surrender

At this stage, it’s hard to breathe with their gloves covering my face and mouth. I’m still being held by four of them on the floor, my private parts exposed… Naked! Lying there!
They then grab my boxers and jeans and force them up, hurting me .. leaving my private parts still exposed – They then move me into another awkward position to take my t shirt off… I think my arms are about to break in two ! It’s agony at this stage.. My wrists are just numb… Being twisted the whole time this is going on.. My shirt is now off.. I’m lying now with both my arms are forced up my back towards the roof while the riot squad run out of the cell.. My arms just drop to the floor.. I try my best to get onto my feet using my elbows , trousers hanging off me, boxers still below my private parts.. I’m aching all over !

With many thanks to: Derry Sceal

Judge says man facing extradition over David Black murder could be subjected to ‘inhuman and degrading conditions’ in Maghaberry.

Co Tyrone man Damien McLaughlin was arrested in Co Donegal in March on foot of a European Arrest Warrant after going missing from a bail address in west Belfast last November

Damien McLaughlin David Black High Court
A judge in Dublin has said a man facing charges over the murder of prison officer David Black could be subjected to “inhuman and degrading conditions” in Maghaberry Prison if he is extradited to the north.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly was delivering judgment in the Republic’s High Court in a hearing involving Co Tyrone man Damien McLaughlin (40).
Maghaberry has been at the centre of a bitter protest with republican inmates in the segregated Roe House demanding an end to strip searches and controlled movement.

A father-of-four from Ardboe, McLaughlin (40) was arrested in Co Donegal in March on foot of a European Arrest Warrant after going missing from a bail address in west Belfast last November.
He is facing allegations that he aided and abetted in the murder of Mr Black on November 1 2012, and was in possession of an article suspected of being for the commission of the act of murder.

The prison officer was shot dead on the M1 as he drove to work in Maghaberry jail by the republican group known as the ‘IRA’.
He is also charged with ‘engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism’ and of being a member of a proscribed organisation.
It has emerged that in a judgment delivered last Friday, Ms Justice Donnelly expressed concerns about strip search procedures at Maghaberry.

She had heard evidence from several sources including a member of a joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan.
In November 2016 the committee heard submissions from figures including solicitor and former Sinn Féin election candidate John Finucane, trade unionist Peter Bunting and businessman Conal McFeely.

In her concluding remarks, the judge said she was “satisfied” that evidence presented to the Oireachtas committee “amounts to objective, reliable, specific and updated information that rebuts the presumption that full-body searches are necessary on entry and exit to Maghaberry (in the absence of specific indications of the need for such a search) due to available technology.
“This means that the general conditions in Roe House in so far as they relate to strip searching raise a real risk that this respondent could be subjected to inhuman and degrading conditions on surrender.”

However, the judge added that she has requested that the Irish government provide information about body scanning technology used in the Republic, which has also been discussed for use in Maghaberry.
“I will seek further information from the United Kingdom,” she said.

Mr McLaughlin’s solicitor Peter Corrigan last night said: “Strip searching is inhuman and degrading and should be stopped immediately in light of this judgment.”
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Prison Service said: “NIPS do not wish to comment.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News,