Gerry Adams Urges Brother to Face Child Sex Allegations

Victim 'must get justice,' Sinn Féin leader says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 2:07 PM CST
Gerry Adams Urges Brother to Face Child Sex Allegations
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks to Irish Republicans during a 1916 Easter Sunday commemoration in Milltown cemetery, West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sunday, April, 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Gerry Adams has issued a public appeal for his brother, who is accused of sexual abuse of a child, to turn himself in. The leader of Sinn Féin said he believed allegations of abuse against younger brother Liam Adams were true. Police in both Ireland and Northern Ireland have been looking for Liam Adams since he skipped a preliminary hearing over the case, the Guardian reports.

Gerry Adams has talked to the victim, and "since the first day I spoke to her about the abuse she suffered, I believed her," he said in a statement released by Sinn Féin. "She must get justice. The only way this can happen now is through the courts."
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