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Gerry Adams spends third night in police custody

The Sinn Féin president can be questioned by police until Sunday at 8pm.

A mural of Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams is painted on a wall on the Falls Road, Belfast
A mural of Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams is painted on a wall on the Falls Road, Belfast
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has spent a third night in police custody in Belfast.

He is being questioned about the abduction, murder and disappearance of mother-of-ten Jean McConville in 1972.

The PSNI were granted an additional 48 hours to question him by a judge last night. He can now be held until 8pm tomorrow.

He was arrested on Wednesday on presenting himself for an appointment at Antrim station.

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

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has claimed that there is “political interference in the policing and in the justice system” at play in the case.

He believes the arrest was made as part of a “very deliberate attempt to have an impact on those elections” on 23 May.

Such allegations have been denied by Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Read: The PSNI have been granted an extra 48 hours to question Gerry Adams

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