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Adams freed from custody over murder inquiry

LONDON: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been released from custody over a 1972 murder and a file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service, police have confirmed.
Adams had been questioned at Antrim PSNI Station since Wednesday, after he was arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville.
The 37-year-old widow and mother of 10 was abducted from her home in west Belfast, shot and secretly buried by the IRA.
Her body was found on a beach in County Louth in 2003.
Adams has always denied involvement in the killing.
Adams, a former MP for West Belfast and now an elected representative for County Louth in the Irish parliament, presented himself for interview by prior arrangement with detectives on Wednesday night. He was then arrested.
He was questioned for two days before the police successfully applied to a judge in Belfast on Friday for a 48-hour extension to his detention period.
Sinn Féin had condemned the arrest, claiming it was political and hinting that they might reconsider their support for the police.
However, unionists said no-one should be above the law and Democratic Unionist leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson accused Sinn Féin of trying to “blackmail” the police.
Northern Ireland’s devolved government was suspended on several occasions between 1998 and 2007 due to political disagreements, but has operated uninterrupted since 2007.
During a rally on Saturday by hundreds of Sinn Fein supporters at the unveiling of a new painted mural of Adams, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the arrest was “political policing.”

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