Sunday 28 May 2017

Warrant issued for Adams's brother

A European arrest warrant has been issued by the PSNI for Liam Adams, who is wanted in the North in connection with allegations of sexually abusing his daughter, writes Tom Brady.

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 because the PSNI had not issued an arrest warrant. The Department of Justice confirmed last night that it had received the warrant and it was being processed.

The warrant must then be sent, through the Chief State Solicitor's office, to the High Court for approval before it can be executed by gardai.

Mr Adams can contest his extradition in the High Court if he is arrested in this jurisdiction.

He had earlier indicated that he did not believe he would get a fair trial in the North because of the press coverage concerning the allegations and told gardai he wanted to face trial in the Republic.

Details of the warrant were revealed yesterday by a senior PSNI officer to a meeting of the Northern policing board.

Irish Independent

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