Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Media tried and convicted me, says Gerry Adams' brother

Liam Adams

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was outed as a monster and paedophile on the run, but his denials of child sex abuse went unreported, a court has heard.

Liam Adams is wanted for questioning by the PSNI over the alleged sexual abuse of his daughter, Aine Tyrell.

The 38-year-old woman, who has waived her right to anonymity, faced her father for a second day at the High Court in Dublin yesterday, where Adams is fighting his extradition.

The abuse claims were made public in December 2009 in a television documentary which was shown to Mr Justice John Edwards in the courtroom.

Michael O'Higgins, senior counsel for Adams, said it was incredible that the UTV Insight programme reported every allegation as absolute fact.

He said his client was presented as a paedophile who beat his wife and went on the run.

"The word 'alleged' isn't used once," said Mr O'Higgins.

"It just stated that he is a paedophile and has committed this abuse.

"They didn't even report the allegations that he denied."

The judge said it would not be impossible for the court in Northern Ireland to be structured to deal with the "very serious problems" the media material created.

"I accept completely that it is objectionable and obnoxious," he added.

Aileen Donnelly, senior counsel for the State, appealed to the court to consider the gravity and serious nature of the alleged crimes.

She said any prejudice which could arise from pre-trial publicity was a matter for a judge in Northern Ireland.

She maintained Mr O'Higgins' argument - that it was self-evident the case would be stopped going to trial in Northern Ireland - was a fallacy.

"What is the basis for this court saying it should not surrender this man because of the publicity?" she asked the judge.

"There is a system up there taking things into account. That can only be done by Northern Ireland."

The barrister said any arguments over the delay in bringing charges was a matter for the trial court and stated there would be a "fade factor" between the publicity surrounding the alleged offences and any trial.

Ms Donnelly also told the court there was no evidence that comments made by Gerry Adams that he believed Aine's allegations could stop a trial.

Mr Justice Edwards reserved judgment until Wednesday, September 28.

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