The Sinn Féin President has said he accepts at face value the statement by the alleged IRA informer, Fred Scappaticci, that he was not a spy for the British security services.

Speaking in West Belfast this morning, Gerry Adams said people should be judged to be innocent until proven guilty. 'The big question is, who and what agenda is being served by all of this, and how does it fit into the political vacuum?' said Mr Adams.

Last night, Mr Adams called on the British government to reveal all about its operations in the North.

Speaking to party supporters at a rally in Belfast's Ulster Hall, Mr Adams said the peace process was in deep trouble.

He accused a combination of securocrats, unionist paramilitaries and dissident groups of attempting to exploit the current political vacuum.

Last night's hunger strike commemoration was supposed to be a set piece event in Sinn Féin's Assembly elections campaign.

Around 700 supporters came to Belfast's Ulster Hall and an election video was part of the night's programme.

But with the 29 May elections postponed, Gerry Adams concentrated on what he called the deep trouble in the peace process.

In a reference to the 'Stakeknife' controversy, he called on the British government to reveal all about its spying operations in the North.

He said the media were the real losers in the 'Stakeknife' saga as they had bought a line from what he called faceless people.

Mr Adams also criticised those who sent a letter-bomb to the Ulster Unionist party headquarters; police suspect Dissident Republicans of that crime earlier this week. He said Tony Blair had a key role to help get the peace process back on track.

Next Tuesday the two governments will try to start the difficult process of political bridge-building when Brian Cowen meets the Northern Secretary, Paul Murphy at Hillsborough.