Friday 23 February 2018

Gerry Adams’ brother to appeal against extradition to Northern Ireland

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams plans to appeal against extradition to Northern Ireland to stand trial on allegations that he sexually abused his daughter, a court has been told.

Liam Dominic Adams is wanted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in relation to 18 alleged offences against Aine Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity.

The 56-year-old suspect, who denies the allegations, lost his fight against extradition from the Irish Republic at the High Court in Dublin on Monday.

His barrister Michael O'Higgins told Mr Justice John Edwards his client would be seeking leave to appeal against the ruling to the Supreme Court.

The appeal will be based on five points of law, to be lodged by the end of the day.

Mr Adams was granted continuing bail until Monday when the case is mentioned again.

The High Court will decide if his points are grounds to appeal to the Supreme Court.

He was supported in court by another daughter, Claire Smith, for the brief hearing.

The sex abuse claims became public in December 2009 when Ms Tyrell was featured in a television documentary.

Adams is accused of rape, indecent assault and gross indecency at various addresses in Belfast between March 1977 and March 1983, when the alleged victim was aged between four and 10.

Arguments that the accused could not get a fair trial because of pre-trial publicity and comments by his brother in support of Ms Tyrell, a delay in bringing charges and changes in the jury selection in Northern Ireland have been rejected.

Ms Tyrell, 38, first lodged a complaint, with her mother Sarah Adams, to police in Belfast on January 21, 1987. She claimed her father "would get into her bed and always do the same things to her".

Adams, whose last address was Bernagh Avenue in Belfast, denied the allegations when arrested in February 2007.

The PSNI was unable to serve notice to prosecute as Adams had left his address.

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