Tuesday 12 December 2017

Loyalist protesters block roads around Antrim police station

Loyalist protesters have blocked the roads around Antrim police station as officers attempted to escort Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams out of the building following his release from custody after four days of questioning over a notorious IRA murder.

Angry demonstrators waving Union flags staged a sit down protest as riot police tried to let Mr Adams leave the heavily fortified station.

Mr Adams has been released from custody and a file will be sent to prosecutors by detectives who have questioned him over the murder of Belfast mother-of-ten Jean McConville.

The move means the ultimate decision whether to charge the 65-year-old politician with any offence will be made by Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service (PPS) at a later date after reviewing evidence presented by police.

Mr Adams has always vehemently denied allegations levelled by former republican colleagues that he ordered the murder of the 37-year-old widow in 1972.

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