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Liam Adams loses bid to appeal extradition to UK

The 56-year-old brother of Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams will now be detained at Cloverhill Prison before transfer to the North.

Liam Adams, pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice with his daughter Claire Smith this morning.
Liam Adams, pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice with his daughter Claire Smith this morning.
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THE HIGH COURT has refused to grant Liam Adams an appeal to his extradition to the United Kingdom – clearing the way for his extradition to Northern Ireland to face charges of sexual assaulting his daughter.

Justice John Edwards denied leave for Adams, 56, the brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, to challenge the extradition order of two weeks ago, saying his arguments for a Supreme Court appeal had not been points of law, or of exceptional public importance.

Justice Edwards remanded him in custody for 15 days, when the extradition order will take effect.

UTV reported that Adams would now be detained at Cloverhill Prison in Dublin.

Adams is accused of abusing his daughter Áine Tyrell, who waived her right to anonymity to participate in a 2009 UTV documentary which first reported the allegations.

He faces 18 charges – which the Huffington Post said included rape, indecent assault and gross indecency – from dates between 1977 and 1983, when Aine was aged between 4 and 10.

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He denies the charges, and had come to the Republic arguing that he would not be given a fair trial in the North due to his Sinn Féin connections.

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