Gerry Adams faces fourth day of police questions over Jean McConville murder

Gerry Adams faces fourth day of police questions over Jean McConville murder

Extra time granted to police to question Sinn Féin president over 1972 murder expires on Sunday.

Gerry Adams will undergo a fourth day of questioning by detectives over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

Extra time granted to police to question the Sinn Féin president will expire later on Sunday.

Amid a growing row over the arrest, Northern Ireland‘s deputy first minister said he believed it was part of an attempt by some police officers to settle old scores. Martin McGuinness blamed an “embittered rump” left over from before the reform of policing whom he claimed wanted to destroy the peace process.

On Friday a judge allowed the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) a further 48 hours to hold Adams at Antrim police station. The republican party has warned it will review its support for the police if the veteran leader is charged.

Adams, 65, denies allegations levelled by former republican colleagues that he ordered the murder and secret burial of McConville, a Belfast widow with 10 children, after she was wrongly accused of passing information to the security forces.

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