Police in Northern Ireland say they have released Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams without charge after five days of questioning over his alleged involvement in an IRA killing more than four decades ago.
The 65-year-old's departure Sunday from the police's main interrogation center in Antrim, west of Belfast, was delayed by an angry Protestant protest outside the gates. But a police statement said Adams had been formally released.
The case is not over, however, because the police say they have sent an evidence file to Northern Ireland prosecutors for potential charges later.
Sinn Fein said detectives questioned Adams about audiotaped interviews by Irish Republican Army veterans to a Boston College oral history project during which he was accused of being the Belfast IRA commander who ordered the abduction, killing and secret burial of Jean McConville in 1972.