Sunday 23 July 2017

Adams extradition case adjourned until next month

Natasha Reid

THE brother of Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams has had the case of his extradition to the North on sex abuse charges adjourned for a month.

Northern authorities are seeking the extradition of Liam Adams (54) to face charges of sexual abuse against his daughter Aine Tyrell more than 25 years ago. Ms Tyrell has waived her right to anonymity.

Mr Adams denies the charges and has claimed that he would not receive a fair trial in the North as a result of the publicity.

A European Arrest Warrant was endorsed in Dublin's High Court last week after Mr Adams handed himself into the Bridewell garda station in Dublin. At the High Court yesterday, his barrister asked for an adjournment.

Mr Adams was remanded on continuing bail until April 21. He must sign on daily with gardai and reside within the jurisdiction.

Last week, his daughter Clare Smith said she was willing to put up her house in Belfast as a surety in the event of any flight, but could not do so as her home was outside the jurisdiction.

Mr Adams, with an address at Bernagh Drive, Belfast, told the court that he and his family had been treated "disgracefully" by the media.

It is claimed that the alleged offences occurred at various addresses in Belfast between March 1977 and March 1983, when the alleged victim was aged between four and 10.

Irish Independent

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