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Gerry Adams’ brother Liam seeks legal aid

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has asked for state funding to gather transcripts of broadcasts about his sex abuse charges, it has emerged.

Liam Adams is fighting an extradition warrant from authorities in Northern Ireland where he is wanted for the alleged rape and indecent assault of his daughter.

During a brief hearing in Dublin's High Court yesterday, State prosecutor Shane Murphy said Liam Adams (54) had applied for legal aid to cover the costs of transcribing reports from Belfast media outlets about the controversy.

Mr Adams, who handed himself into the Garda in the Irish Republic last March, is expected to argue he will not get a fair trial in Northern Ireland because of the broadcasts.

Judge Michael Peart is expected to decide next Wednesday if legal aid will be extended to cover the costs of the transcripts.

Barrister Michael O'Higgins, for Mr Adams, complained to the court that a letter between the Crown Prosecution Service in Belfast and authorities in Dublin was being withheld from his team.

Mr O'Higgins insisted it was necessary they saw the letter in the event that it would help their case.

But Judge Peart said the High Court would decide if the warrant contained enough information based on information it had, not information that was sought.

Judge Peart adjourned the case until next Wednesday.

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