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Trial of 'IRA dissident' postponed

A Lithuanian court has postponed a hearing in the trial of a suspected IRA dissident accused of trying to buy weapons and explosives in the Baltic country.

Michael Campbell, the brother of a senior Real IRA figure in Ireland, was arrested in January 2008 in an international sting operation when he allegedly handed 10,000 euro (£8,500) to an undercover Lithuanian agent posing as a weapons supplier.

Campbell is the brother of Liam Campbell, who helped found the Real IRA and, according to Irish police, is the faction's overall commander today.

Campbell could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of seeking weapons for terrorist purposes.

But the hearing in Vilnius was postponed on Friday because Campbell's lawyer, Ingrida Botyriene, was ill.

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