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Leader of Sinn Fein Detained in London

March 05, 1987|From Reuters

LONDON — Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the legal political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, was detained as he arrived in England on Wednesday to take part in a debate on the use of violence to achieve political ends.

Adams, who is due to discuss the issue today at the Oxford Union debating society, told a news conference that he and two companions were detained by police for about an hour as they arrived at the airport.

"(They) said they had no problem identifying me but in order to identify my two companions, they had to detain me," he said.

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