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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams released from police custody

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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been released without charge from Northern Irish police custody after questioning over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

Speaking to journalists shortly after his release on Sunday evening, Adams once again declared his innocence.

“Let me be very clear, I am innocent of any involvement in any conspiracy to abduct, kill or bury Mrs. McConville. I’ve worked with others to have this injustice redressed,” Adams told a news conference.

The Sinn Fein leader also reiterated his commitment to the political process in Northern Ireland.

“I support the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland). The old guard, which is against change – whether in the PSNI leadership, within elements of unionism, or the far fringes of self-proclaimed but pseudo republicans – they can’t win,” he said.

Adams, however, criticised the timing of his arrest, saying that he had offered two months ago to answer questions over the McConville killing.

Adams’ deputy Martin McGuiness was highly critical of the arrest and had threatened to withdraw republican support for the police if Adams was charged.