Sinn Fein chief Adams questioned for 2nd day over 1972 IRA abduction, killing of Belfast woman

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remains in police custody as detectives question him over his alleged role in the Irish Republican Army killing of a Belfast mother of 10 in 1972.

Senior politicians in Adams' Irish nationalist party said Thursday they hoped he would be released soon without charge. Under Northern Ireland's anti-terrorist law he can be held for two days, then police must release or charge him or seek a judicial extension to his custody.

The 65-year-old Adams denies any role in the outlawed IRA. Former members who spoke on tape to a Boston College-commissioned research project have linked him to the abduction, slaying and secret burial of Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow whom the IRA branded a British spy. An official 2006 investigation dismissed this claim.