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Failed extradition of prominent dissident republican

August 19, 2013

A final bid by Lithuanian authorities to extradite a prominent dissident republican to face weapons smuggling charges has failed.

Lithuania’s legal representatives had asked the British Supreme Court to overturn two previous rulings which blocked the extradition of Faughart man, Liam Campbell, but judges refused permission to appeal, deciding no point of law of general public importance had been raised.

The verdict means Campbell is no longer subject to any proceedings in this jurisdiction.  The 50 year old has already had bail conditions including electronic tagging and a prohibition on living outside Northern Ireland lifted.

Campbell spent nearly four years in prison while Lithuanian authorities sought to extradite him to face charges linked to an operation to acquire guns, ammunition and explosives and ship them into Ireland.

An earlier ruling refusing their extradition request was backed by a panel of High Court judges in February this year on the grounds that he would be held in inhuman and degrading conditions in Lithuania. The final attempt by lawyers for the Baltic state to mount a further challenge to that ruling was rejected at the end of last month, it has been revealed.

Campbell had been released on bail conditions which included the lodging of £75,000 in cash sureties. It is understood those sureties are no longer in force.

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