Adams witness at brother's trial

Gerry Adams has been sworn in as a prosecution witness in the trial of his younger brother Liam Adams, who is accused of child sex abuse.

The Sinn Fein president is giving evidence to the jury of six men and six women at Belfast Crown Court.

Liam Adams, 57, from Bearnagh Drive in west Belfast is accused of 10 counts of sex abuse including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his daughter Aine.

Gerry Adams was MP for West Belfast when the allegations first emerged in 1987.

He has told the court he confronted his brother about the alleged child abuse during a meeting in Co Donegal.

He said: "I regret that the meeting took place in the way that it did because Liam denied the assertion that he had interfered with Aine.

"When that concluded I spoke to Liam on my own and said to him that I was very aware of the situation, that he needed to reflect on and needed to acknowledge what Aine was saying. Why would she make it up? There was no reason why she would make any of this up," he said.

Aine Adams, 40, has waived her right to anonymity.

Liam Adams denies all the allegations.


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