Adams' defence team requests more time

Adams' defence team requests more time

Lawyers representing Liam Adam sought “more time” before the High Court today to prepare their defence to an attempt by the North to extradite him.

Mr Adams, a brother of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, is wanted in the North to face multiple charges of rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his daughter, Aine Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity.

Mr Adams (aged 54) with an address at Bernagh Avenue in Belfast, denies all the charges and is contesting his extradition.

Today the High Court was told Mr Adams' legal team was seeking a further adjournment of the matter to allow for a sworn affidavit from a solicitor in the North to be filed in the case.

The court, of Mr Justice Michael Peart presiding, adjourned the matter until July 21 next when he was told “everything would be ready to proceed in the usual way”.

An order of discovery, being made in relation to a single document, will also be heard on that day.

Judge Peart said he was “most anxious” to fix a date for the hearing of the matter “at that stage”.

It is claimed the offences occurred at various addresses in Belfast between March 1977 and March 1983 when the alleged victim was aged between four and 10 years.

It is alleged some of the offences occurred when Ms Tyrell's mother was out of the family's house.

Mr Adams turned himself into gardaí in Dublin early this year after a European Arrest Warrant was issued by the PSNI.

He has already denied he fled the North a year ago to escape prosecution but claims he feared he and his children were in danger after media reports of the allegations.

Mr Adams also maintains he will not get a fair trial.


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