Adams 'quizzed for 17 hours a day' about 1972 murder

Martin McGuinness (centre) has led Sinn Fein supporters in protests against their party leader's detainment. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is being questioned for up to 17 hours a day by detectives investigating the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, a source close to him has told the BBC.

The source said a "significant development" would need to occur for Mr Adams to be charged.

Police have until 8pm to charge or release Mr Adams, who has spent four nights in custody.

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'Insufficient evidence' on Gerry Adams for prosecution

There is "insufficient evidence" to pursue a prosecution against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in relation to the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, according to reports.