Sinn Fein's Adams to Go Free

Northern Ireland police say he won't be charged in 1972 murder

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 4, 2014 11:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, lately the very high-profile suspect in a 1972 murder, will go free without charge, Northern Ireland police officials tell the BBC. Adams has been questioned since Wednesday in County Antrim over allegations that he, as an IRA commander ordered the murder of a 37-year-old widow and mom of 10, Jean McConville. The AP confirms the report, saying that Adams will likely be freed today, but notes that police say they'll send an evidence file to their British counterparts.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly leaves Antrim Police station in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly leaves Antrim Police station in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Sunday, May 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly speaks to the media outside Antrim Police station in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly speaks to the media outside Antrim Police station in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Sunday, May 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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