Gerry Adams is the seventh person to be arrested this year over the abduction and killing of McConville in 1972.
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- Sinn Féin leader held under Terrorism Act begins third day in custody over kidnapping and killing of Belfast mother in 1972
By Henry McDonald
2 May 2014
The Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, is beginning his third day in custody as he faces further questions about one of the most notorious murders of the Northern Ireland Troubles – the kidnapping, killing and secret burial of Jean McConville.
The former West Belfast MP has been detained under the 2000 Terrorism Act at the serious crime suite at Antrim police station since Wednesday evening. The Police Service of Northern Ireland can hold him without charge until later on Friday, at which point detectives could apply to a judge for extra time.
Adams is the seventh person to be arrested this year over the abduction, fatal shooting and burial of McConville just before Christmas in 1972. Ivor Bell, an IRA negotiator with the British government in the same year McConville disappeared, has been charged with aiding and abetting the murder. He denies the charges.
On Thursday night McConville's eldest daughter, Helen McKendry said she would "name the names" of those involved in her mother's death.