Inquiry ordered into RUC assault charge

A SENIOR Scottish police officer is to head up a new investigation into allegations of assault by RUC men on a terrorist cousin of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.

David Adams, 39, was awarded pounds 30,000 damages after he was left badly beaten as policemen foiled an IRA ambush of a top detective in east Belfast four years ago. He was later sentenced to 25 years for his part in a murder conspiracy, which he denied. At the time of is arrest he suffered a broken leg, two fractured ribs, a punctured lung and multiple cuts and bruises.

The Independent Commission for Police Complaints in Northern Ireland said yesterday that Strathclyde's Assistant Chief Constable Jim Orr would carry out an internal inquiry into alleged RUC misconduct.