October 23rd, 2014

Adams snuck out of PSNI station to avoid protestors

NewsBy Donal MacIntyre
Protesters outside station
Protesters outside station
PSNI convoy
PSNI convoy
Protesters outside station
Protesters outside station
Gerry Adams freed
Gerry Adams freed

SINN FEIN leader Gerry Adams had to be snuck out of a police station as a loyalist crowd tried to block his release from jail tonight.

The 65 year old TD for Louth had been earlier released from custody after 4 days of questioning about allegations that he was an IRA leader in the 70s and directed the abduction of mother of 10 Jean McConville - charges he denied.

Loyalist protesters blocked the roads around Antrim police station as Adams release drew near.

A convoy of armoured landrovers attempted to leave the station via the main gate shortly after 7pm but were blocked by protestors.

Angry demonstrators waving Union flags staged a sit down protest as riot police stood at the gates of  the heavily fortified station.

But after a tense standoff the vehicles reversed back into the compound at 7.30pm and word filtered through the crowd that the Sinn Fein leader had been taken out a rear entrance.

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