Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Adams' brother warns on fair trial

Liam Adams has begun a legal challenge against his extradition to Northern Ireland to face abuse charges
Aine Tyrell, daughter of Liam Dominic Adams outside court in Dublin where he has begun a legal challenge against his extradition to Northern Ireland

The brother of Gerry Adams has claimed he will not get a fair trial on charges of sexually abusing his daughter after the Sinn Fein leader publicly declared his guilt.

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

The 56-year-old, who denies the allegations, is fighting his extradition from the Irish Republic at the High Court in Dublin.

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

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

In an affidavit to the court, Adams said he has been prejudiced by the delay in bringing charges and widely condemned as a guilty man by the media, persons of repute and in positions of authority, including his brother.

He said: "During that programme a statement was broadcast by Gerry Adams stating that 'I believe Aine', and I was referred to by Chris Moore, the programme presenter, as an 'on-the-run paedophile'.

"Gerry Adams is a person of significant influence in the issuing State and his unequivocal pronouncements of guilt resonate with the public."

Adams is contesting the extradition on the grounds there was a delay in bringing the prosecution, in addition to extensive pre-trial publicity and changes in the law regarding jury selection in Northern Ireland.

He sat alone in the court as he was faced by his daughter, who was flanked by supporters including her mother Sarah.

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