Friday 24 March 2017

European arrest warrant issued for Adams

Fergus Black

GARDAI have been given the go ahead to seek the arrest of Liam Adams, wanted in the North in connection with allegations of sexually abusing his daughter.

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams walked into Sligo garda station before Christmas and was interviewed by detectives. But he could not be detained as the PSNI had not issued an arrest warrant.

A European arrest warrant has now been issued for Mr Adams following an application to the courts by the British Home Office. The latest move comes a month after the PSNI forwarded a European arrest warrant to the Department of Justice. European arrest warrants are used for extraditions between most EU countries.

The process now allows the gardai to go and seek his arrest on foot of that warrant which seeks his extradition to the North.

Under the warrant, Mr Adams may agree to being surrendered or may contest the extradition in the High court. Mr Adams has denied the allegations that he sexually abused his now-grown-up daughter. He had indicated that he did not believe he would get a fair trial in the North because of the press coverage about the allegations and told gardai he wanted to face trial in the Republic.

Last December, Gerry Adams asked his brother to give himself up to police. Liam Adams, who is in his 50s, has lived in Dundalk and Co Donegal.

Irish Independent

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