“He is not going to surrender himself up here (Northern Ireland) at the moment”

The Irish News has an exclusive interview with Liam Adams’ solicitor behind its paywall, but the details are repeated in other reports. And as the police prepare a European Arrest Warrant it’s worth noting that Liam Adams “gave no permanent address” to Garda in Sligo. From the Irish Times report

Mr Adams walked into a police station in Sligo in the on Monday afternoon where he was interviewed. He was later released because the proper arrest warrant had not been prepared and served. It was the first time in more than a year that his whereabouts were known to the authorities on both sides of the border after he failed to turn up for a court appearance in November last year. Mr Breen said he “can’t see how Liam will ever get a fair trial in this jurisdiction (Northern Ireland) because of what has been said in the media”.

He said his client had only been contacted once, in February 2007, by police investigating the allegations.

He told the Belfast-based Irish News : “These allegations came to light in 1987, according to what we had been told by police during his arrest.

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 (when Ms Tyrell decided to proceed with the complaint) 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.”

Mr Adams, he said, was interviewed three times on February 15th, 2007 at Grosvenor Road police station in west Belfast before being released by police pending a report to the PPS.

Prosecution papers were issued in March the following year but were never served as Mr Adams could not be located.

Mr Breen said he had no information about his client’s whereabouts during that time. He had not seen him since February 2007, but received a call on Monday night from “a family member” asking for representation for Mr Adams who had, by that stage, already handed himself in to police in Sligo.

The solicitor was also contacted last week by another of Liam Adams’s daughters who asked him to lodge a complaint with the Police Ombudsman after she claimed officers “forced their way into her house under a warrant” to look for her father two days after Áine waived to right to anonymity to level the accusations.

And here’s a snippet from another Irish Times report

Eileen Calder, head of the Northern Ireland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre, said yesterday that Áine Kerr (her married name) and her mother told her they were effectively “ostracised” from members of the Adams family over attempts to make Liam Adams accountable for his alleged crimes. She said she did not find Gerry Adams’s comments on the matter credible.

There are other questions about his version of events.

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