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Vilnius arms accused denied bail

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Michael Campbell is being detained in Vilnius

An Irishman charged with trying to buy arms for dissident republicans has been refused bail by a court in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

Michael Campbell, 36, from Dundalk, County Louth, had applied for bail pending his trial, for which a date has yet to be set.

However, a spokeswoman for Lithuanian Justice Ministry said he would remain in custody in Lukiskiu Prison.

Laywers for Mr Campbell deny he was trying to buy arms for the Real IRA.

They said that he had been trying to buy cigarettes, not arms and explosives, when he was arrested last January and had been set up by Lithuanian, British and Irish intelligence services.

Attempting to obtain weapons illegally carries a sentence of up to eight years in Lithuania, and supporting terrorism 20 years.

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