Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Liam Adams to be handed over after legal ruling

Liam Adams denies abuse allegations

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams will be extradited to Northern Ireland next month to face 18 allegations that he abused his daughter.

Liam Adams was remanded in custody in the Irish Republic after losing a legal bid to appeal against his extradition.

The 56-year-old, who denies the abuse allegations made by Aine Tyrell, will be held for another two weeks until the extradition order takes effect. Mr Adams will be then handed over to the PSNI within the following 10 days.

The defendant, who showed no emotion as the High Court ruling was made, hugged his other daughter Claire Smith before he was led away by prison officers.

Mr Justice John Edwards — who earlier ordered his extradition — said he would not allow an appeal to the Supreme Court, the Republic's highest court.

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.

His daughter Ms Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity, first lodged a complaint along 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”.

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