Northern Ireland

Gerry Adams: Police recommended to PPS no prosecution about evidence

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Media captionGerry Adams was questioned by reporters outside the Irish parliament on Wednesday

The police have said they recommended to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) there should be no prosecution about statements given by Gerry Adams in his brother's rape trial.

On Thursday, the Policing Board was told the PSNI consulted with the PPS in 2010 and was directed there should be no prosecution.

However, on Friday, the police confirmed they sent a file to the PPS recommending no prosecution.

Liam Adams was convicted on Tuesday.

He was found guilty of raping and abusing his daughter, Áine, over a six-year period.

The Sinn Féin president testified at Liam Adams' first trial in April.

It collapsed due to legal reasons.

Gerry Adams, the TD for Louth and a former West Belfast MP, did not give evidence at the second trial.

Gerry Adams statement in 2009 was examined by police to establish if he had committed an offence.

Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris told the Policing Board on Thursday the "substantive facts" of case papers had been examined in 2010, including taking legal advice and consulting with the PPS.

He said the matter has been examined to see if the PSNI should open an investigation into the case and the advice police had received was not to open an investigation.

Police said they submitted a file to the PPS in October 2011.

A spokesperson for the PPS said: "I can confirm following careful consideration of all the evidence and information provided by police, a decision was taken in October 2011 not to prosecute Mr Gerry Adams as there was insufficient evidence to meet the evidential test."

Available facts

Mr Harris said police would re-examine the transcripts (of the recent court case) but said all the "facts in our knowledge in 2010 have not been moved on materially since the recent trial".

Liam Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was found guilty of 10 offences, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Áine Adams.

The abuse was committed between 1977 and 1983, when she was aged between four and nine.

At the previous trial, Gerry Adams said his brother admitted that he had sexually abused Áine Adams. This was during a "walk in the rain" in Dundalk, he said.

Gerry Adams said that, during the encounter in Dundalk, his brother, while admitting molestation or sexual interference or assault, did not admit rape.

The Sinn Féin president made his first report to the police about the allegations in 2007, shortly after his party voted to accept the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

In 2009, Gerry Adams made a second statement to police, telling officers that his brother Liam had confessed to him nine years earlier, in 2000, that he had sexually abused his daughter Áine.

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