Published Thursday, 03 October 2013
Liam Adams was convicted of raping and abusing his daughter Aine during a six-year period over 30 years ago.
Aine, now aged 40, has waived her right to anonymity. She was aged between four and nine when the abuse took place.
Adams, 58, from Bearnagh Drive in Belfast, is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of 10 offences, including rape and gross indecency.
It was the second trial of the former youth worker.
On Thursday, during a Policing Board meeting, senior officers revealed they are to re-examine evidence given by Gerry Adams in the first trial, which collapsed in April.
The Louth TD testified that he confronted his brother when they met in Buncrana, Co Donegal, in 1987 and that Liam Adams had denied the abuse.
He said the first time his brother confessed to him was when they were out walking together in the rain in Dundalk, Co Louth, in 2000.
He told police about the confession nine years later, in 2009, before the allegations were first made public in a UTV documentary.
At the time Gerry Adams told UTV he believed the allegations.
I think it was very startling to hear from ACC Harris that in 2010 the DPP had looked at that very issue but decided not to bring forward a criminal conviction around withholding information.
DUP MLA Jonathan Craig
During Thursday's Policing board meeting, in response to a question from DUP Lagan Valley MLA Jonathan Craig, Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris confirmed withholding information about child abuse is a criminal offence.
In 2010, the PSNI sent a file to the PPS recommending no prosecution over claims Gerry Adams had withheld information and the PPS directed no prosecution.
The police officer added: "We will re-examine the transcripts (of the recent court case) but all the facts in our knowledge in 2010 have not been moved on materially since the recent trial."
Following the meeting Mr Craig said: "It was only nine years later that he came forward with the evidence of that and that was with the background of a planned documentary occurring around what his brother had done."
"I got some assurance from ACC Harris that he is going to relook at the transcript of the actual case itself and see if anything has changed," the policing board member added.
Meanwhile, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said: "The family wanted justice and they got justice and now they want to move on.
"For me to pick through the details - and for (the media) to do so - isn't actually helping," the Sinn Féin senior politician said.
"Although there is a public interest, this is a private matter in terms of the details of the horrendous abuse that took place.
"The police looked at this in 2010 and that should be good enough for the Policing Board."
On Wednesday, Gerry Adams said there was a lot of disinformation about the case.
He refused to explain why he didn't go to the police but insisted that authorities had been aware of the allegations for over 20 years.
"I have answered all of those questions in some detail, in a number of very extensive interviews," he added.
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