23 February 2006

RIRA man attacked

Daily Ireland

Ciarán Barnes

Former Real IRA leader Liam Campbell is recovering in hospital after being attacked in jail.
The Dundalk man was beaten up in the high-security Portlaoise prison by a fellow inmate.
The attack, which occurred on Tuesday, left Campbell with serious facial injuries. The 43-year-old is being kept under observation in the prison hospital.
Campbell, who is being sued by the relatives of those killed and injured in the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bomb, is normally segregated. He was assaulted as he was being led back from the prison clinic by guards.
The incident led to a large scale security alert in the jail and extra prison wardens were drafted in to prevent further disturbances.
Although contacted no one from the Irish prison service was available for comment.

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