A woman who lost her brother in the Omagh bombing must contact the local government commissioner during a council vote to oppose the extradition of the alleged suicide bomber.
iam Campbell was found civilly responsible for the 1998 atrocity, which claimed the lives of 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 220 others.
Last week, a committee of Omagh and Fermanagh councils voted against opposition to Campbell’s extradition to Lithuania, following allegations that he was part of a weapons purchase operation and bombs for Real IRA.
She reports independent advisor Bernice Swift, who moved the motion, and the chair of the committee, Sinn Fein advisor Stephen McCann, to the commissioner.
She alleges that they violate Nolan’s principles of public life.
After a 12-year legal battle, the Dublin High Court ordered Campbell’s extradition to Lithuania where a European arrest warrant was issued in 2016.
He claims that he organized arms smuggling in support of the Real IRA “terrorist group” between 2006 and 2007.
Last week, a proposal was quickly submitted to the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Policy and Resources Committee meeting.
Chaired by Mr. McCann, who authorized last-minute notification of the proposal, there was no open debate. When some members tried, Mr. McCann entered a confidential company – supported by party colleagues – ordering the recording to stop.
Ms. Swift asked the council to oppose the extradition of Campbell under human rights.
She said: “He is an Irish citizen and we all know the background of the Lithuanian prison system. Previous high courts have argued that the judgment violated his human rights. We would not want to see anyone from this country being treated in such inhuman conditions.
“As an elected official, I want to protect the basic human and civil rights of everyone from abuse. I ask for support to put an end to this extradition and (the council) write to the departments on behalf of Liam and his family. ”
A vote was obtained by 23 votes in favor, 14 against and one abstention.
Unionists opposed it but were adopted with the support of the SDLP, Sinn Fein and others. The SDLP then apologized and said it would oppose the motion when it goes to the full council for ratification next week.
Explaining her decision to contact the Commissioner, Ms. Monteith said, “I took the time to deliberate and to make sure that I did not hear or misinterpret the comments. I was not going to be charged with knee kick, the impetus for the decision of the moment – a tactic deployed by others in this deeply moving case.
“Having studied the Nolan principles of public life, I report Councilor Swift as proponent and Councilor McCann, as Chairman of the committee, to the Commissioner of Local Government.
“In my opinion, they violate, in particular the principles of responsibility and openness. Public office holders must act only in the public interest.
“They must act and make decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions, and therefore must undergo the scrutiny necessary to guarantee this.” ”
Claire concluded: “It is not going to be just swept under the rug or conveniently hidden. The victims of Omagh, like all innocent people and those left behind by grief and injustice, are entitled to respect.
“It is time that more people – especially those involved in this deeply insensitive matter – realize that, and if they care so much about human rights, maybe they would take time to fight for ours. ”
The two advisers were contacted for comments.