Adams’ le­gal bid to wipe con­vic­tions

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SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has launched a le­gal bid to over­turn two his­tor­i­cal con­vic­tions for at­tempt­ing to es­cape from prison.

He started ap­peal pro­ceed­ings in Belfast over in­ci­dents which oc­curred while he was in­terned with­out trial in the Maze Prison back in the 1970s.

The Sinn Fein chief said he is ap­peal­ing against con­vic­tions he re­ceived in 1975 in two sep­a­rate Di­plock Court tri­als – cases tried by a judge sit­ting with­out a jury – re­lat­ing to two at­tempts to es­cape from in­tern­ment.

He said: “Fol­low­ing the re­cov­ery of a doc­u­ment in Oc­to­ber 2009 from the Bri­tish Na­tional Archives, I in­structed my so­lic­i­tor to be­gin pro­ceed­ings to seek leave to ap­peal the 1975 con­vic­tions.”

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