Friday 24 March 2017

Report on decision not to prosecute Adams over brother's case 'must be published quickly'

Gerry Adams denied allegations he withheld information about his paedophile brother, Liam
Gerry Adams denied allegations he withheld information about his paedophile brother, Liam

Suzanne Breen and Shane O'Riordan

THE Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in the North faces demands to immediately publish a report into its decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams for allegedly withholding information about his paedophile brother, Liam.

Former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots said that the PPS "risked losing public confidence" if it didn't quickly release material that has been in its possession for around a year.

He said the PPS's previous reason for not publishing the report - Liam Adams's outstanding appeal - no longer held. Liam Adams lost his appeal last week.

The DUP member said he would be raising the issue as "very urgent business" with the Justice Committee in Stormont.

A PPS spokeswoman last night said: "We are committed to publishing the report and it will be announced shortly."

Louth TD Gerry Adams has strongly denied that he withheld information on the matter.

Asked yesterday about Mr Poots's comments, he said: "I did not withhold information. That is a matter for the PSNI."

Liam Adams was sentenced to 16 years for raping and sexually abusing his daughter Aine from 1977 to 1983, from when she was four years old until she was nine.

After Liam Adams's conviction in 2013, the Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin began a review of the PPS's decision not to prosecute Gerry Adams for allegedly withholding information in the case.

Gerry Adams said that his brother confessed to him that he had sexually abused Aine in 2000. But he did not report this to police for nine years.

Mr Poots said: "We must immediately have access to the attorney general's findings.

"The PPS had previously indicated that it couldn't publish the report because of any impact it might have on Liam Adams's appeal of his conviction.

"Liam Adams lost his appeal last week. His legal proceedings have now concluded and there are no possible reasons for the PPS to continue letting dust gather on this report."

Irish Independent

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