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Gerry Adams spends fourth night in police custody

The PSNI had been granted an extra 48 hours to question the Sinn Féin leader.

Image: Niall Carson

GERRY ADAMS SPENT a fourth night in police custody last night.

The Sinn Féin leader was taken in for questioning on Wednesday over the murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville in 1972.

Sinn Féin said that the arrest of Adams over the abduction and murder of McConville was “politically motivated”.

On Friday, the PSNI was granted an extra 48 hours to question Adams. He can be questioned until 8pm tonight. After that time, police can decide to release Adams, or charge him, or go to court to get another extension of time in which to question him.

He is being held at an Antrim police station.

Adams has denied any involvement with the unsolved crime, which PSNI say was carried out by the IRA.

Martin McGuinness has warned that if Adams were charged, Sinn Féin might ‘review’ its support for the PSNI. A mural of Adams was unveiled on the Falls Road in Belfast yesterday.

Michael McConville said on Thursday that the IRA would kill him if he named those involved in his mother’s murder. However, his sister Helen McKendry said that she was prepared to name names.

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