UK Supreme Court quashes Adams' Long Kesh escape convictions

"The UK's highest court has said Gerry Adams was imprisoned illegally by the British government when he was interned without trial in the early 1970s.


The Supreme Court has quashed his two convictions for trying to escape from Long Kesh Prison.

Lawyers for the former Sinn Féin President had argued that those convictions were unlawful as his detention was unlawful.They said his detention order was flawed because it had not been "personally considered" by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in accordance with regulations at the time.

In a judgment this morning, five judges, led by the former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Brian Kerr, agreed."

UK Supreme Court quashes Adams' Long Kesh escape convictions (rte.ie, link)

Summary of judgment: Press release (link) and Full judgment (link)

 

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