[Sinn Fein]

25 January 1997

Adams detained by RIR

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has accused the British Army of ``harassment'' following his illegal detention this morning at an Royal Irish Regiment road road-block. Mr. Adams was detained for around 30 minutes.

Mr. Adams said:

``I was stopped by an RIR soldier, who addressed me by name and then told me that I was being stopped under Section 25, which is a power given to British soldiers allowing them to hold someone in order to ascertain their identity.

``Clearly this soldier knew who I was, he had already addressed me by name and the sole purpose was to harass and illegally detain me.

``This harassment of Sinn Fein is now the norm. It is obvious that the RUC and British Army are acting under instructions from their political masters. I intend seeking legal advice on this matter.'' ENDS

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