Court wants to quiz Campbell about plot

A LITHUANIAN court has said it wants to question Dundalk man Liam Campbell over his younger brother Michael, who was jailed for 12 years for a plot to smuggle arms from the Baltic state.

A LITHUANIAN court has said it wants to question Dundalk man Liam Campbell over his younger brother Michael, who was jailed for 12 years for a plot to smuggle arms from the Baltic state.

Justice Viktoras Kazys ruled that the testimony of Liam Campbell from Upper Faughart and another Irishman was key to an appeal launched by Michael Campbell against his prison term.

Judge Kazys said: “The court will take the necessary measures for them to be questioned. The court believes questioning is necessary.”

Liam Campbell was found liable by a civil court for the 1998 Omagh bombing, which killed 29 people including a woman pregnant with twins.

In October 2011, a Lithuanian court convicted his younger brother Michael Campbell, aged 39, of attempted smuggling, aiding a terrorist organisation and illegal possession of arms.

However, Michael Campbell appealed. He claimed he was framed in a money-making scheme run by prosecution witness Robert Jardine - identified in court as a British MI5 agent posing as a smuggler.

Michael Campbell was arrested in January 2008 in Vilnius as he met a Lithuanian agent who posed as an arms dealer. He went on trial in August 2009.

Liam Campbell and another man, Brendan McGuigan, are suspects in a separate pre-trial investigation in the arms smuggling case by the Lithuanian authorities.

Michael Campbell’s defence hailed the move to question Liam Campbell, but said it was belated.

Michael Campbell admits travelling to the Baltic state to buy weapons, but claims he did not intend to use them to arm dissident republicans.