Court upholds Irish citizen’s conviction for attempted support to terrorists

Michael Campbell
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The court set the final jail term of five years, eight months and 11 days in prison – the exact duration Campbell spent in custody in Lithuania.

“The jail term includes Campbell’s temporary detention and custody from January 22 of 2008 and October 2 of 2013, therefore, he is considered to have served his sentence,” judge Svajūnas Knizleris said.

Although the convict said he had been provoked to commit the criminal deeds and that his guilt had not been proven, an earlier panel of judges dismissed the argumentation as ungrounded based on evidence and data received from Ireland.

Campbell was not present in the courtroom in Vilnius, as he left the country immediately after the vindication in 2013.

In 2011, a Vilnius court sentenced him to 12 years in prison for assistance to a terrorist group, unlawful arms possession and attempted smuggling. The Lithuanian Court of Appeals in 2013 cleared him of all charges, ruling that Campbell had been provoked by intelligence agents. The Supreme Court had instructed the appellate to review the case.

Campbell was detained in Lithuania in January of 2008 after purchasing arms from an undercover secret agent.

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