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Gerry Adams: I don’t back Liam’s extradition battle

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said he disagreed with his brother's fight against extradition to face child sex abuse allegations.

Liam Dominic Adams turned himself into authorities in the Republic on Thursday after a European Arrest Warrant was issued by the PSNI.

The 54-year-old is wanted for questioning in Belfast over claims he sexually abused his daughter.

But claiming he will not get a fair trial in Northern Ireland, he told Dublin's High Court he plans to contest his extradition.

Gerry Adams described it as a “desperate situation” and signalled he wanted his brother handed over to the PSNI.

“Of course I don't agree with it. I don't agree with any of that,” he said. “All of this is going to be a dreadful, difficult situation for as long as that process continues.”

Speaking after the Sinn Fein ard fheis (annual conference), Mr Adams told RTE radio he hadn't spoken to his brother Liam for two years.

He said he wouldn't wish the trauma being endured by his family on his worst enemy.

Liam Adams is wanted in relation to 18 offences against his daughter Aine Tyrell from March 1977 to March 1983.

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