Adams loses bid to quash convictions
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’.