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Ex-RIRA chief's bid for release; COURTS 2.

Byline: ALAN ERWIN

AN alleged one-time Real IRA chief has been "excised" from all prison factions, a court heard yesterday.

As Liam Campbell sought release from custody after avoiding extradition to Lithuania, his lawyer said he has spent years in isolation.

Campbell, 49, of Upper Faughart, Co Louth, who was held liable for the Omagh bombing in a landmark case, successfully defended attempts to have him transferred to the Baltic state.

He is wanted in Lithuania over claims he was part of an operation to acquire guns, ammunition and explosives and ship them to Ireland for dissident republicans.

But on Wednesday a judge refused to order his extradition because he was likely to be held in inhuman and degrading conditions.

However, Mr Justice Burgess yesterday said he would bail Campbell on condition he surrenders his British passport. The hearing will resume on Monday.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2013
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