Gerry Adams released

2014-05-04 20:03
(Peter Muhly, AFP)

(Peter Muhly, AFP)

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Antrim - Northern Ireland police on Sunday freed Gerry Adams after four days of questioning over a notorious IRA murder, but the republican leader could still face charges when a file is sent to prosecutors.

"A 65-year-old man arrested by detectives investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville has been released pending report to PPS (Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland)," said a statement issued by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The PPS must now decide whether there is enough evidence to charge the leader of the Sinn Fein political party, or whether prosecution would be in the public interest.

Adams, a key figure in the peace process, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of Jean McConville, a mother-of-ten abducted from her home in 1972.

Loyalist anti-Adams demonstrators gathered outside Antrim police station, where the republican leader was due to emerge after his questioning.

The arrest, which his Sinn Fein party called politically motivated, led to warnings that it could damage the still-fragile peace process in the British province.

Adams is a member of the Irish parliament and a former British lawmaker, although in line with Sinn Fein policy he never took up his parliamentary seat in London.

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