Sinn Féin Motion to repatriate south Armagh man Michael Campbell

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Sinn Féin councillors on Newry and Mourne District Council have introduced a motion calling for the repatriation of south Armagh man Michael Campbell from a Lithuanian prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in Ireland. Speaking ahead of the motion Fews councillor Jimmy McCreesh said, “Sinn Féin is introducing this motion on humanitarian grounds. “We have studied a report by Professor Rod Morgan, a professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Law a Bristol University. “This report is damning in its assessment of the inhumane and degrading conditions in the prison where Michael Campbell is being held in Lithuania. “We believe that on human rights grounds Michael Campbell should be repatriated to Ireland to serve the rest of his sentence here where he will be held in more civilised conditions and will be closer to his family.” Slieve Gullion councillor Packie McDonald seconded the motion saying, “Members of the Michael Campbell support group have contacted and met with senior Sinn Féin members to garner support for their campaign. “Sinn Féin will be lobbying for Michael Campbell’s repatriation at the highest level in the Assembly, Leinster House and through our MEP in the European Parliament,” he added.
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