BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they have received an extra 48 hours to question Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams about an IRA killing more than four decades ago, a development that has infuriated his Irish nationalist party.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed in a statement Friday its detectives received permission at a closed-door hearing with a judge to detain Adams for two more days.
Had the request been refused, Adams would have had to be charged or released by Friday night, two days after his arrest as a suspect in the 1972 abduction, slaying and secret burial of a Belfast mother of 10. The new deadline is Sunday night.
Sinn Fein warns it could end its support for law and order in Northern Ireland, a key peacemaking commitment, if Adams is charged.