Police get more time to question Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

Detectives questioning Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams over the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville have been granted more time to interview him.

As the initial 48-hour deadline loomed for officers to either charge or release Mr Adams, the PSNI announced that they had been granted an additional 48 hours to quiz him.

Mr Adams had been arrested on Wednesday night, and as the initial 48-hour period in which he could be held drew to a close, the PSNI applied for an extension.

Adams, 65, who vehemently denies allegations levelled by former republican colleagues that he ordered Mrs McConville’s murder and secret burial, now faces a third night – and possibly a fourth – in custody at Antrim police station.

Mr Adams, a former MP for West Belfast and now an elected representative for Co Louth in the Irish Dail, voluntarily presented himself for interview at the station by prior arrangement with detectives.