Adams loses bid to quash con­vic­tions

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

GERRY Adams has failed to over­turn two his­toric con­vic­tions for at­tempted prison es­cape.

Coun­sel for the for­mer Sinn Féin leader ar­gued that his in­tern­ment was not law­ful be­cause the then North­ern Sec­re­tary did not per­son­ally au­tho­rise it.

Mr Adams yes­ter­day said he was dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised by the Court of Ap­peal judg­ment in Belfast and would con­sider an ap­peal.

He had chal­lenged the le­gal­ity of two con­vic­tions he re­ceived in 1975 re­lat­ing to es­cape bids while he was de­tained with­out trial at the Maze Prison in the early 1970s. He was sen­tenced to 18 months for at­tempt­ing to es­cape, but his lawyers ar­gued his im­pris­on­ment was un­law­ful be­cause of flaws in the de­ten­tion process. Three Court of Ap­peal judges re­jected this yes­ter­day, say­ing they were ‘sat­is­fied that the ICO (in­terim cus­tody or­der) was valid’.

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