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Gerry Adams' brother will not surrender to police in NI

Liam Adams
Liam Adams went into a police station on Monday afternoon

The brother of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has said he will not surrender himself to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Liam Adams' solicitor said his client did not feel he could get a fair trial in Northern Ireland because of what had been said in the media.

He is wanted on charges of sexually abusing his daughter.

Speaking through his solicitor, Liam Adams also told the Irish News that he denies the allegations against him.

Liam Adams presented himself to Irish police in Sligo on Monday, but they were unable to detain him because there was not a European arrest warrant against him.

His solicitor, Philip Breen of Breen Rankin Lenzi Solicitors, said Mr Adams had only been contacted once by police, in February 2007, by police investigating the allegations.

Mr Adams, he said, was interviewed three times on 15 February 2007 at Grosvenor Road police station in west Belfast before being released.

Prosecution papers were issued in March 2008, but were never served as Adams could not be located.

'Strenuous denial'

Mr Breen said he had not seen his client since February 2007, but received a call on Monday night from "a family member" asking for representation.

"These allegations came to light in 1987, according to what we had been told by police during his arrest," Mr Breen told the Irish News.

"We were told by police that the alleged injured party didn't wish to proceed but she wished to have Mr Adams spoken to by police.

"At absolutely no time up until 2007 did police speak to Mr Adams. In 2007 police called to a residence and left a police card for Mr Adams to contact them.

"He immediately contacted them and went voluntarily to the police station in my company. Throughout a series of interviews he strenuously denied the allegations."

The PSNI have said a European arrest warrant should be processed by next month.

After surrendering himself, Liam Adams left the Garda station and gave his name and address and saying that he was willing to be questioned in the future.

His daughter, Aine Tyrell, has waived her right to anonymity to allege that her father had molested her, claiming that the abuse included rape.

He was due to appear in court in November 2008 to face 23 charges relating to the alleged abuse, but failed to show up.

It was thought at that time he was living in County Donegal in the Irish Republic.

Gerry Adams has come under pressure after it emerged that he first knew about the allegation in the late 1980s.

In an interview during which Mr Adams appealed for his brother to hand himself in to the authorities, he also revealed that his father, a veteran republican, had been responsible for acts of physical and sexual abuse against his own children.

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