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Louth man jailed in Lithuania

November 2, 2011

By Staff Reporter

An Irishman has been jailed in Lithuania on charges of smuggling arms for the Real IRA.

Michael Campbell from County Louth was caught in an MI5 weapons sting operation in 2008. He was convicted of supporting a terrorist group, illegal possession of weapons and attempted smuggling.

The 39-year-old denied the charges against him, claiming he was a victim of entrapment.

Campbell was secretly filmed test-firing weapons in the Lithuanian countryside. Some of his private conversations were also bugged.

Lithuanian authorities are try­ing to extradite Campbell’s brother Liam Campbell from Belfast, along with Brendan McGuigan, 30, from Omeath in County Louth.

 

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