Adams’ legal bid to wipe convictions
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.”