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Continued: Northern Ireland police get extra 48 hours to interrogate Gerry Adams over 1972 IRA killing

  • Article by: SHAWN POGATCHNIK , Associated Press
  • Last update: May 2, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Boston College successfully fought to limit the handover to 11 interviews from some half-dozen IRA figures who explicitly mentioned the McConville killing. It isn't known whether any others back Hughes' central accusation that Adams ordered McConville's body dumped in an unmarked grave rather than put on public display in Belfast, as other IRA leaders wanted.

While Sinn Fein has protested that Adams' arrest is politically biased, Northern Ireland's main newspaper wrote Friday that it suggested the opposite: that the police are unwilling to treat any politician as untouchable.

"The wheels of justice in his case must grind at exactly the same speed as those of anyone else questioned about a crime," the Belfast Telegraph wrote in its lead editorial.

"We have an independent police force and an independent prosecution service and we must trust them to act justly and according to the evidence before them," it said. "That is how a mature democracy treats its citizens, unlike the kangaroo court that sentenced Mrs. McConville to death."

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