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Adams makes appeal on Al-Jazeera for release of Ken Bigley

30 September, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this afternoon appealed to those holding Ken Bigley in Iraq to release him.

The Sinn Féin leader was in London with party Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness for a series of meetings.

In an interview with the Arabic TV channel Al-Jazeera Mr Adams said:

" I was approached by campaigners seeking the release of Ken Bigley. I spoke yesterday to Paul, Ken's brother. Mr Bigley's mother is from Ireland and this gives us a special interest.

" The majority of people in Ireland were against the invasion of Iraq and are against the war in Iraq.

" The Taoiseach and other Irish politicians have called for the release of Ken Bigley. I am not here to lecture to people or to dictate to people, but I believe that the cause of those who hold Mr Bigley can be better advanced if they are magnanimous and generous and release him." ENDS

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