Michael Campbell appeal heard in Lithuania - Thursday, 01 March 2012 - RTÉ
The prison in which he's being held has been condemned as a hell hole by the European Courts of Human Rights..[I]An Irishman jailed for 12 years in Lithuania for plotting to smuggle arms to the Real IRA has appeared in an appeals court, seeking to prove he was set up by British intelligence.
"Michael Campbell claims that the crimes were not committed of his own free will but were provoked by agents of the United Kingdom's intelligence service," appeals judge Viktoras Kazys said as he outlined the defence arguments.
Prosecutors have also appealed the 21 October sentence which fell short of the 16-year term they had sought.
Research carried out by European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (ECPT) and the European Court of Human Rights recommended Lukiskes, be shut down. Throughout it’s 107 year history the prison is infamous for torture, suicides, deaths in custody, overcrowding is prominent with sometimes more than 6 males squeezed into an average size cell. No access to regular communication, very little resources available to inmates. Michael is suffering under these conditions and has been every single day for the last 4 years.
You can sign onto a recent petition set up by friends of Michael and Liam.
More importantly we can bring Michael’s case to the forefront by talking about it – questioning the reasons as to why the UK government won’t extradite Lithuanian “criminals” back to their homeland, yet it is permitted for Michael to remain there indefinitely? We need to Demand his repatriation to his home country.
People can support his repatriation by signing the petition organized by his family or by writing to your local TD, MEP or MP if abroad to highlight the mans case..