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Police in Northern Ireland are seeking to extend the detention of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for questioning into a 1972 murder, party colleague and Northern Ireland first deputy minister Martin McGuinness said on Friday.
Adams's arrest on Wednesday over the abduction and killing of Jean McConville was among the most significant in the British province since a 1998 peace deal ended decades of tit-for-tat killings between Irish nationalists and pro-British loyalists.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) had until 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday to charge Adams, a former Irish Republican Army spokesman, release him or secure permission of a judge to extend his detention.
"We have been told within the last couple of hours that the PSNI are seeking an extension to Gerry Adams' detention. We were told that will take place at 3 o'clock today," McGuinness told journalists in Belfast. "I believe Gerry Adams will be totally and absolutely exonerated."
Reviled by many in Britain as the face of militant Irish nationalism in the 1980s during the IRA campaign against British rule of Northern Ireland, Adams reinvented himself as a Northern Ireland peacemaker and then a leading opposition parliamentarian in the Irish Republic.
But Adams, 65, has been dogged throughout his career by accusations from former IRA fighters that he was involved in its campaign of killings, a charge he has repeatedly denied.Last Mod: 02 Mayıs 2014, 17:59