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.

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With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News

Liam Campbell cannot get a fair trial in Lithuania

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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.

First Lithuanian to Face Irish Republican Related Charges/Offences in Ireland.

The trial has opened at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of the first Lithuanian to face “terrorist” related offences.

Eimantas Valteris (33) was arrested by gardai in 2013 as part of an ongoing operation to counter dissident republican activities in the border area.

Mr Valteris is the first Lithuanian to be charged before the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Valteris, with an address at Park Vale, Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co Meath, pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a .32 inch auto (7.65mm) calibre IZH 79-8 model Baikal make semi-automatic pistol bearing serial number TPB358706 at Balmoral Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath on June 10th, 2013.

Opening the prosecution case, Mr Tony Mc Gillicuddy BL said that Valteris operated a car sales depot at the Balmoral Industrial Estate. He was observed by gardai arriving at the depot on the afternoon of June 10th, 2013.

A man was seen getting out of a silver VW Passat car and talking to Valteris. Another black VW Passat car arrived at the yard and another man was seen speaking to Valteris.

At 2.50 pm Valteris was seen going to an nearby yard where a red Fiat Ducato van was parked. At 3.20 pm the black VW Passat car came back to the yard and stopped close to where Valteris was standing. A man was observed opening the boot of the Passat and then the car left the yard.

The VW Passat was stopped by gardai in Castlebellingham, Co Louth at 4.10 pm and a semi automatic pistol was found wrapped in material in a box in the boot. During a later search of Valteris’s yard €2,000 was found in another car.

“The prosecution case is that he (Valteris) was storing a firearm on his premises. He performed a storage and transfer role in respect of that firearm,” counsel added.

The trial is continuing before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Haughton and Judge Gerard Griffin at Special Criminal Court Number 2

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With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.

Repatriate Michael Campbell – Bring him home

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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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