If Adams condemns McCabe’s killers, why did he want their early release..?

AS one of the killers of Garda Jerry McCabe is released, Gerry Adams condemns the crime. The policeman’s widow says this is the first time Adams has actually condemned it; previously, he had
described the gunning down of McCabe during the botched robbery as “wrong”. Adams says his opinion was also unqualified in the past on the killing, though others will disagree that saying something is “wrong” is equivalent to condemning it. But if the “dreadful” incident was so “wrong” as to be considered worthy of a stronger condemnation later, why campaign so vociferously for the killers’ early releases?