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Further delay over Liam Adams arrest warrant

Liam Adams
The Sinn Fein president's brother Liam Adams is facing sex abuse allegations

A European arrest warrant for Gerry Adams' brother Liam has now been issued to the Irish Department of Justice in Dublin, the PSNI has confirmed.

Liam Adams is facing allegations that he sexually abused his daughter.

Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris told the NI Policing Board that the Republic's Justice Department raised number of queries about the warrant.

He said the PSNI would have to address those queries before an arrest warrant could be issued to Irish police.

The Sinn Fein leader's brother is wanted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland over claims he sexually abused his now grown-up daughter, Aine Tyrell, from the age of four.

Ms Tyrell waived her right to anonymity late last year to allege in a television programme that her father had molested her, claiming the abuse had included rape.

Liam Adams was due to appear in court in Northern Ireland in November 2008 to face 23 charges relating to the alleged abuse, but he failed to show up.

Following the high-profile coverage the case received in the media, he handed himself in to a police station in the Irish Republic in December.

However, Irish police could not legally detain him without the correct warrant.

Regrets

Meanwhile, the Sinn Fein president has written to the Boston Globe newspaper to deny allegations that he failed Ms Tyrell.

Gerry Adams was responding to an opinion piece in the paper, published in January, which said he had put the cause of Irish nationalism above simple human decency.

In his letter Mr Adams argued that the opinion piece did not reflect the facts.

He said while he had had publicly acknowledged that he had regrets about how he dealt with aspects of the issue, his concern throughout had been to support his niece and protect her right to anonymity.

"My niece Aine deserves justice and has my ongoing support," he said.

The Sinn Fein leader added: "The sooner my brother is brought before the courts the better."



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