Omeath man beats extradition attempt

AN Omeath man has won a High Court challenge against his extradition to Lithuania on weapons and explosives charges.

AN Omeath man has won a High Court challenge against his extradition to Lithuania on weapons and explosives charges.

Breandan McGuigan, New Houses, Knocknagoran, Omeath was wanted on terrorism and firearms charges.

A High Court judge has refused his extradition, on the grounds that prison conditions in the country are inhumane.

Mr. Justice John Edwards has refused to surrender the 33-year-old to the Baltic state, also on grounds that there were concerns that he would not get a fair trial.

It is an issue he will raise if the State decides to challenge the ruling today.

Earlier this year a Belfast court refused to extradite Liam Campbell - a man held liable for the Omagh bombing to Lithuania on similar grounds.

His extradition was sought by the Lithuanian authorities who allege that he and others went to Lithuania in August 2007 and attempted to buy firearms, ammunition and explosive devices.

Another Louth man Michael Campbell is serving 12 years in a Lithuanian jail for his involvement in weapons smuggling for the Real IRA after he was arrested in 2008 following an MI5 sting in which he was filmed test firing weapons.