Retrial ordered in Lithuanian arms case

June 30, 2014

Judges in Lithuania’s Supreme Court have ordered a retrial of a Dundalk man whose conviction for attempting to smuggle arms for the Real IRA was overturned last year.

Michael Campbell from Faughart was released in October having spent four years in jail in the Baltic State.   He was sentenced to 12 years in 2011 for attempting to procure arms for the Real IRA.

Campbelll has always maintained his innocence, claiming he was set up by British intelligence agents.

An appeals court struck out his sentence in October, stating that it could not rule out his claim and cited lack of evidence.

However, a seven-judge panel of the Lithuanian Supreme Court have now ordered a retrial, saying that it is “necessary to assess all the peculiarities of the case”.

Mr Campbell was not in the Vilnius court for the hearing.