Court upholds Irish citizen’s conviction for attempted support to terrorists
Lithuania’s Court of Appeals found Irish citizen Michael Campbell guilty of attempting to finance and support terrorist operations and other crimes, however, the Irishman will not go to prison, as he has already served his sentence while in custody. 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 Svajunas Knizleris said.
Although the convict said he had been provoked to commit the criminal misdeeds 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.
Gintaras Steponavicius of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement says that he would not step down as a Lithuanian parliamentarian despite calls from Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, to resign amid illegal funding suspicions.
Steponavicius said that he should not be identified with a political corruption case in which Eligijus Masiulis, a former leader of the Liberal Movement, is suspected of taking a bribe from MG Baltic, one of the country’s largest business groups. In his words, business people legitimately supported his civil projects.
“I totally disagree with the prosecutors’ interpretations that the civil projects’ activities run counter to law,” he told reporters after meeting with Pranckietis.
The speaker said that the prosecutors’ suspicions cast a shadow on the Liberal Movement and the Seimas as a whole.
“Since articles of the Criminal Code are mentioned, I called on Steponavicius to resign. What is important is not only the reputation