Lithuania withdraws extradition request in Republic of Ireland

Lithuanian authorities have confirmed their apparent preference for Northern Ireland courts by formally withdrawing the extradition request in the Republic of Ireland for Liam Campbell, one of the men held to be responsible for the Omagh bombing in a recent civil judgement, on weapons and terrorism charges. Campbell had been remanded on bail there with two others since his arrest in January – on a European Arrest Warrant issued in connection with an MI5 sting operation against republican groups which saw Campbell’s brother arrested in Lithuania in January 2008. From the Irish Times report.

Mr Justice Michael Peart made an order striking out the extradition warrant here and discharged a bench warrant previously issued for Mr Campbell’s arrest following his non-appearance before the Dublin court as a result of his arrest in the North. The judge adjourned outstanding issues in relation to Mr Campbell’s lawyers to early October.