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Brother of Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams to be extradited to UK


Liam Adams

Liam Adams

Liam Adams

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is to be extradited to Northern Ireland to stand trial on allegations that he sexually abused his daughter.

Liam Dominic Adams is wanted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in relation to 18 alleged offences against 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.

Mr Adams has 15 days to lodge an appeal against the court's ruling before the extradition order takes effect.

Mr Adams had claimed he will not get a fair trial after the Sinn Fein leader publicly supported his niece.

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 alleged victim was aged between four and 10.

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Mr Adams, who was supported in court by another daughter Claire Smith and her friend, showed no emotion as sections of the 64-page judgment were read by Mr Justice John Edwards.

The judge rejected arguments the accused could not get a fair trial because of pre-trial publicity and comments by his brother, a delay in bringing charges and changes in the jury selection in Northern Ireland.

"He must look to the courts of the requesting State to protect his rights," said Mr Justice Edwards.

"Those courts would be better placed to deal with those issues."

The judge put a three-day stay on the deadline for an appeal to be lodged.

Mr Adams was granted bail until the 15-day appeal window opens on Thursday.

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