Gary Burke appears at court on explosives charge

Gary Burke appeared at the magistrates’ court in Derry on Saturday

A 39-year-old man has appeared at court charged with possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances.

Gary Burke, of Ederowen Park in the Galliagh area of Derry, denied the charge.

The court was told that during the search of a house in Ederowen Park, items were discovered in a bag in a cubby hole in the kitchen.

These items included components for a bomb and accelerant.

Mr Burke was arrested on Thursday.

A police officer said that Mr Burke supplied a pre-prepared statement and otherwise did not speak when he was interviewed.

The officer said they opposed bail due to the potential risk of further offences, protection of the public and the possibility of interference with witnesses.

A defence solicitor told the court that Mr Burke was denying having any connection to the items.

‘Fingerprint evidence’
He said that he would be claiming that he had no access to the cubby hole.

The solicitor added that Mr Burke had volunteered witnesses to the police, although they have yet to be interviewed.

He also said that Mr Burke was hopeful that DNA and fingerprint evidence would clear him.

He said that the only link between Mr Burke and the items was the bag, and the defendant denied knowing what was in it.

The judge said it was a case that could take some time to be resolved.

He said he felt there was a danger that Mr Burke could speak to witnesses, and bail was not granted.

Mr Burke was remanded in custody to appear again on 11 January.

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News

From BBC news

Trial date set for men facing charges arising out of Dave Cullen Supergrass evidence

Books of evidence were served on five men in connection with the case before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this morning.

They were Michael McDermott (58), of Riverdale House, Garrymore, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan, who was one of the men charged with the actual killing of Mr Butterly outside the pub that day.

Secondly, he is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh Na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on the same date.

He is also charged with possession of a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol with the intent to commit murder and the possession of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition on March 5, 2013 at Blackthorn Apartments, Brackenwood Avenue, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

Kevin Braney (43) with a last address at Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght in Dublin is also charged with Mr Butterly’s murder. He is further charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on March 6, 2013.

He is also charged with the possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and the possession of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition with the intent to commit murder on March 5, 2013 at Blackthorn Apartments, Brackenwood Avenue, Balbriggan.

Frank Murphy (58), of McDonough Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath is the third man charged with Mr Butterly’s killing.

He is also charged with possession of a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol with the intent to commit murder and the possession of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition on the same date.

He is further charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the state, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA at the time.

Laurence Murphy (60), a brother of Frank Murphy and also of McDonough Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the state, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on March 6, 2013.

Ray Kennedy (38), of Whitestown Drive, Blanchardstown, in Dublin is also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh Na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on March 6, 2013.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding with Judge Sinéad Ni Chúlacháin, Judge Cormac Dunne set at trial date for 2nd October 2018 for all five men, noting that the estimate for the duration of the trial was up to ten weeks.

She extended legal aid to cover a second junior counsel for each man, on hearing of the volume of paperwork in the case.

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News

John O’Brien granted bail by SCC today

A Dublin man charged with having 4 kilograms of the explosive TNT has been released on bail by the Special Criminal Court.

John O’Brien (55), of North Great Clarence Street, Dublin 1, was charged with knowingly possessing an explosive substance to wit ten 400 gram blocks of TNT and the explosive head of an RGD33 hand grenade at his home address on June 2nd this year.

During today’s brief hearing, the court heard that gardai were not objecting to bail.

Mr O’Brien was released on an independent surety of 15,000 Euro.

The conditions of his release are that he must sign on daily at Store Street Garda Station, not associate with other people charged or convicted before the Special Criminal Court, not attend any republican commemorations or marches, and not apply for a passport.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge James Faughnan, remanded Mr O’Brien in custody with consent to bail until December 21st, when his case is listed for mention again.

Also due to attend court on that day are Mr O’Brien’s two co-accused, Declan McDermott and Martin Manning, both with unknown addresses or dates of birth.

Mr McDermott is charged with knowingly possessing an explosive substance to wit ten 400 gram blocks of TNT and the explosive head of an RGD33 hand grenade at Spring Garden St, Dublin 3, on June 2nd 2017.

He is also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, to wit an organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann otherwise the IRA within the State on the same date.

Mr Manning is charged with knowingly possessing an explosive substance to wit ten 400 gram blocks of TNT and the explosive head of an RGD33 hand grenade at Spring Garden Street, Dublin 3, also on the same date.

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.

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

Damien (DD) McLaughlin extradited to the Occupied 6 Counties today

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch today arrested Damien in Armagh following his extradition from the 26 Counties.

Damien McLaughlin had been fighting extradition to the 6 Counties.

He was arrested in Donegal in March this year by armed gardai on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

His extradition to the 6 Counties follows a ruling by the High Court in Dublin on December 2nd to extradite him to the 6 Counties to face trial on charges in connection with the killing of David Black.

Following his extradition he was arrested on 4 warrants for offences of “aiding and abetting murder; membership of a proscribed organisation; commissioning and instigating preparatory acts of terrorism; and committing and assisting acts of terrorism.”

He appeared before Armagh Magistrates’ Court today and was remanded in custody until January 12.

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

Republican POW’s in Portlaoise Prison are to undertake a 72 hour fast in Solidarity with Maghaberry POW’s

Republican Prisoners on the E3/4 landing in Portlaoise Prison have stated they are to go on a 72-hour fasting starting 23rd November 2017. The Fast is a symbolic act of solidarity with their comrades imprisoned in Maghaberry Prison in Co. Antrim
The Statement signed off by E3/4 Republican POW ‘s states:

“We would also like to commend our imprisoned comrades in Maghaberry Gaol for their continued resolve and discipline in the face of a sectarian aggressor. The oppressive measures being implemented against our comrades needs to be highlighted, but more worrying of late are the increased physical attacks occurring on a weekly base. As a small token of solidarity with our comrades, the Republican Prisoners in Portlaoise will embark on a 72 hour fast commencing this week, to highlight the ongoing sectarian attacks that they face.”

The conditions and treatment in Maghaberry Prison are deemed to be inhumane, an attempt to avoid extradition of Republican POW Damien (DD) McLaughlin from the 26 Counties failed in the High Court on 21st November, with the high court ordering his extradition to the 6 counties despite acknowledging that the treatment of prisoners in Maghaberry is inhumane and could represent a breach of the human rights act.

Damien will now be extradited to Maghaberry within 10 -25 days.
In a statement after confirmation of his extradition, Damien McLaughlin said: “I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for everything they have done to help the anti-extradition campaign.”

He went on to ask people to now focus their efforts on opposing extradition for his comrades
“I would call on everyone to redouble their efforts to prevent the extradition of Ciaran Maguire (Finglas) and Sean Farrell (Crumlin)”

He further confirmed that he too would be joining the 72 hour fast “Tomorrow we, the prisoners in E3/E4 Portlaoise will embark on a 72-hour fast to highlight the ongoing brutality faced by our comrades in Maghaberry”

Irish Republican Prisoner news wishes the POW’s well on their 3 days fast

Victory to the POW’s

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.