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Gerry Adams arrest raises tensions in Northern Ireland

Published on May 2, 2014 3:52 AM

ANTRIM (AFP) - The British and Irish governments denied on Thursday that the arrest of republican leader Gerry Adams was politically motivated, as Northern Ireland police questioned him over a notorious IRA murder.

The Sinn Fein president, who played a leading role in the peace process in the troubled British province, was arrested on Wednesday night over the killing of mother-of-10 Jean McConville in 1972.

Mr Adams, 65, strongly denied involvement in one of the most infamous incidents of the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland, and questioned the timing of the arrest before local and European elections.

"While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville," Mr Adams said.

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