GERRY ADAMS HAS been released from police custody without charge.
The PSNI issued a short statement on the matter this evening at 5.42pm.
A file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service, detectives said.
The update from police read:
A 65 year old man arrested by detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 on Wednesday 30 April has been released pending a report to the PPS.
It is understood that Adams will speak to reporters later today.
Outside Antrim police station, a number of loyalists are waiting for his departure with Union Jack flags.
Sky News now reports that the head of the PPS, Barra McGrory, will refer the case file to his deputy.
McGrory has acted as Adams’s solicitor in the past.
The Louth TD is also expected to be back in the Dáil next week.
The Sinn Féin president has been in police custody in Antrim since last Wednesday, questioned about the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.
The party has claimed the arrest and prolonged detention was politically motivated.
Adams has denied any involvement with the unsolved crime, which PSNI say was carried out by the IRA.