N.Ireland police to free Gerry Adams later Sunday: reports

Loyalist protesters holding Union Flags block the entrance to Antrim Police station in Antrim Northern Ireland May 4, 2014 where republican party Sinn Fein's leader Gerry Adams is being detained for questioning over a murder in 1972. (AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY)

ANTRIM, United Kingdom: Northern Ireland police were set to free Gerry Adams on Sunday after four days of questioning over a notorious IRA murder, but will send prosecutors a file on the republican leader, according to reports.

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, 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.

The BBC and Irish broadcaster RTE reported that he would be released later Sunday, while Sky News cited sources as saying his release was "very likely".

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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