Gerry Adams urges brother to face child sex charges

Sinn Féin president appeals to Liam Adams to hand himself over to police

Gerry Adams appealed to one of his brothers today to hand himself over to police and face allegations of child sex abuse.

Police on both sides of the Irish border are looking for Liam Adams, the Sinn Féin president's younger brother, who failed to appear at a preliminary inquiry in a Belfast court over a case concerning allegations of child abuse.

In a statement released by Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams said he believed the allegation and said the victim in question "must get justice".The West Belfast MP said: "Since the first day I spoke to her [the victim] about the abuse she suffered, I believed her. She must get justice. The only way this can happen now is through the courts. I have made a statement to the PSNI in support of her."

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been working with the Garda Síochána to find Liam Adams.

Originally from Ballymurphy, Liam Adams was a republican but was never active in Sinn Féin.

He is understood to have been questioned by detectives from the PSNI's care unit in relation to serious child sex allegations. The investigation involves allegations dating back a number of years.

He has recently moved from his house in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast and it is now up for sale.


Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent

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