Adams fails in jail­break le­gal ap­peal

Irish Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES - BY PRESS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

GERRY Adams is to con­sider an ap­peal af­ter fail­ing in a le­gal bid to over­turn two his­toric con­vic­tions.

The Louth TD said he was “dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised” by the Court of Ap­peal judg­ment in Belfast.

The for­mer Sinn Fein pres­i­dent had chal­lenged two con­vic­tions in 1975 re­lat­ing to es­cape bids while he was detained with­out trial at the Maze Prison in the early 1970s.

His lawyers ar­gued his im­pris­on­ment was un­law­ful as the 1972 De­ten­tion of Ter­ror­ists Or­der re­quired se­nior au­tho­ri­sa­tion.

Three judges yes­ter­day re­jected that ar­gu­ment.

Mr Adams said: “I will now dis­cuss what op­tions, in­clud­ing an ap­peal, are open to me.”

DIS­AP­POINTED Mr Adams

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