An Irishman accused of trying to buy weapons for the Real IRA should face a 16-year jail term, Lithuanian prosecutors say.
Michael Campbell was arrested in January 2008 in an international sting operation while allegedly trying to buy guns and explosives for cash.
Prosecutor Gedgaudas Norkunas told a Vilnius district court yesterday that witness testimony and evidence merit giving Campbell the lengthy sentence.
The maximum sentence is 20 years.
Campbell (38) has denied the charges.
He is the brother of Liam Campbell who recently lost an appeal against a civil case over the Omagh bombing.
Michael Campbell has yet to testify in court, and his lawyers are scheduled to speak at the next hearing in September.
“According to witnesses' testimonies, Michael Campbell mentioned on several occasions that weapons and explosives acquired in Lithuania would be used against armed forces and officials of the United Kingdom,” prosecutor Gedgaudas Norkunas told the court.
Campbell allegedly paid cash in advance to undercover agents for the sniper rifle, several RPGs, explosives and detonators. He also paid a Lithuanian to smuggle the weaponry and explosives into Ireland, prosecutors say.
Agents from Lithuania, Ireland and Britain took part in the sting.
The trial is expected to continue until the end of the year.