**I have shortened this article to the part concerning Adams. The longer original article is farther below.

Adams in appeal to catch killers

Robert McCartney, 33, was murdered in Belfast city centre

People should give information about the death of a man stabbed after a pub fight, Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams says.

Robert McCartney, 33, was murdered in Belfast two weeks ago, and his sister has said she believed republicans were pressuring witnesses not to talk.

Mr Adams said he supported their search for justice: "No one has any right, as has been claimed, to prevent anyone from helping the McCartney family."

He said those who did not want to talk to the PSNI should contact the family.

"People with reservations about assisting the PSNI should give any information they might have either to the family, a solicitor or any other authoritative or reputable person or body," he said.

He added: "I want to make it absolutely clear that no one involved acted as a republican or on behalf of republicans."

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