RIRA man fails in legal challenge (Belfast Telegraph)
A top dissident republican wanted in Lithuania over an alleged arms-smuggling plot has failed in a legal bid to gain access to surveillance documents and telephone interception material held on him.
Liam Campbell, one of the men held responsible for the Omagh bomb, was also refused information and material supplied by UK Government agencies to Lithuanian authorities investigating his case.
Campbell (47), of Upper Faughart, Dundalk, Co Louth, is being sought over an alleged operation to acquire guns, ammunition and explosives and ship them into Ireland. He has been in custody since he was arrested after crossing the border into south Armagh in May 2009.
A month later he was found to be liable, along with three other men, for the Omagh atrocity in a landmark civil action brought by relatives of some of the 29 people killed in the August 1998 bomb.
A judge ruled there was cogent evidence that he was a member of the Real IRA’s Army Council.
His lawyers lodged an application for the documents as part of their fight against extradition.
They claimed the material was necessary to ensure a fair hearing and was relevant to their attempt to have the proceedings stayed.
But Judge Tom Burgess, the Recorder for Belfast, ruled that claims by Campbell about the operation which led to proceedings in Lithuania were based on speculation and assumptions.
He said in many instances the allegations relate to his brother Michael Campbell, who is on trial on Lithuania in connection with the same alleged offences.
Judge Burgess also pointed out that Lithuania was signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Rejecting the applications, he said: “The process of extradition is based on the confidence that other requested states should have in the courts of the requesting state to honour and comply with the convention rights of any person brought before the court – and that would include the right to a fair trial.”


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