Belfast Telegraph

Omagh bomb evidence ‘is speculation’

Telephone evidence which allegedly links a suspected Real IRA leader to the Omagh bombing is just “speculation and inference”, the Court of Appeal has heard.

Lawyers for Liam Campbell attacked the strength of the case against him in a challenge to a ruling that he was liable for the August 1998 blast which killed 29.

Twelve relatives of some of those murdered in the atrocity were awarded combined damages of more than £1.6m in a landmark ruling in June, 2009.

Mr Justice Morgan, now Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, also said that members of the Real IRA's Army Council bore responsibility for directing the attack.

His verdict is now being contested, with the victims' families also pressing for a more punitive award of exemplary damages against those held liable.

The judgment found “cogent evidence” that Campbell was on the Real IRA's Army Council at the time of the Omagh bomb.

But Brian Fee QC sought to diminish the strength of telephone evidence which, it was claimed, linked Campbell to the plot.

Campbell, a farmer from Upper Faughart, Dundalk, Co Louth, who is currently fighting attempts to have him extradited to Lithuania over alleged arms smuggling, was found liable in the civil action along with Michael McKevitt, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly.

His appeal continues.

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