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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges calm after release

Published on May 5, 2014 8:26 AM
 
Northern Ireland police released Gerry Adams from custody on Sunday and the Sinn Fein leader sought to calm fears that his four-day detention could destabilise the British province by pledging his support to the peace process. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BELFAST (REUTERS) - Northern Ireland police released Gerry Adams from custody on Sunday and the Sinn Fein leader sought to calm fears that his four-day detention could destabilise the British province by pledging his support to the peace process.

Police arrested Adams on Wednesday over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, a killing he repeated that he was "innocent of any part" in. His detention had raised tensions among Northern Ireland's power-sharing government and its fragile peace.

After Sinn Fein pointed the finger at "dark forces" in the police service and their Protestant partners in government accused it of a "thuggish attempt" at blackmail, a calm Adams toned down the rhetoric and said he supported the police.

"My resolve remains as strong as ever, that is to build the peace, not to let this put us off. It's our future. The past is the past," Adams told a news conference attended by about 150 cheering supporters in a hotel in west Belfast.

 
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