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Sinn Fein Demands Adams Go Free in Belfast Killing

(AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

(AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The senior Sinn Fein politician in Northern Ireland’s unity government has demanded the immediate release of his party leader, Gerry Adams, as police investigate the IRA’s 1972 killing of a Belfast mother of 10.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness condemned the police’s continued questioning of Adams. His 48-hour detention period is set to expire Friday night but McGuinness says he expects police to seek to extend it.

Police arrested Adams Wednesday night as a suspect in the IRA abduction, killing and secret burial of Jean McConville. Under British anti-terror law, suspects must be charged or released within 48 hours, unless police receive a judicial extension.

Britain’s 2006 terrorism law permits such extensions up to a maximum 28 days. Typically in Northern Ireland, terror suspects’ detentions are extended by one to five days.

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