Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Liam Adams to wait week for ruling on appeal

Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, was supported in court by daughter Claire Smith

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has to wait a week to hear if he can appeal against his extradition to Northern Ireland.

Liam Dominic Adams is wanted by the PSNI to stand trial in relation to 18 alleged sex offences against his daughter Aine Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity. The 56-year-old, who denies the allegations, lost his fight against extradition from the Irish Republic at the High Court in Dublin last Monday.

His barrister Michael O'Higgins yesterday applied for leave to appeal against the ruling to the Supreme Court on five points.

Mr Justice John Edwards will give his decision next Tuesday.

Adams, who was supported in court by another daughter, Claire Smith, was granted continuing bail. Mr O'Higgins argued his client has a constitutional right to have an appeal heard in the Supreme Court. He claimed, if extradited, Adams would be held in prison in Northern Ireland — possibly in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day — until his concerns are dealt with by a court.

Mr O'Higgins also maintained apprehensions raised by Adams about conditions of his incarceration had not been addressed fully in an affidavit by the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

“If Mr Adams goes to Northern Ireland and loses all the arguments, he is in no worse position,” he said.

“But if he succeeds in the arguments ... the likelihood is that he will have spent time in custody.”

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