Gerry Adams’ time in police custody in Northern Ireland has been extended by 48 hours.
He went voluntarily to Antrim police station to answer questions about the 1972 abduction, murder and secret burial of Jean McConville.
McConville, a 37-year-old widowed mother of ten, was abducted in front of her children for allegedly informing on the IRA. This accusation was later dismissed following an official investigation.
She was counted among Northern Ireland’s so-called “Disappeared”, the name given to people abducted, murdered and secretly buried by Republicans during the Troubles.
Some 16 names are listed among the “Disappeared”. Seven of them have never been found.
Her body was discovered over 30 years later on a beach in Adams’ constituency of County Louth in 2003.
The Republican leader was believed by the security services to have been a senior IRA commander, although Adams himself has always denied membership – and has maintained his innocence in any part of the crime.
Key members of Sinn Féin have condemned the decision as politically motivated – an allegation Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has rejected.