Former Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams challenged his convictions from the 1970s at the UK’s highest court [File: Paul Faith/AFP]

Lawyers for Sinn Fein’s former leader Gerry Adams appealed to the United Kingdom’s highest court on Tuesday to try to overturn two convictions from the darkest days of the violence in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Adams was held without trial under special “internment” measures designed to quell increasing unrest over British rule of the province in the early days of “The Troubles”.

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He tried to escape in December 1973 and July 1974 from the high-security Maze prison near Belfast, which housed pro-British loyalist and republican paramilitaries alike.

But the escape plans, reportedly orchestrated by the Irish Republican Army (IRA), both failed

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