GERRY Adams hit out at the "old guard" within the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) when he was released after being questioned for four days about a notorious IRA murder in 1972.
But he also offered his support to the PSNI as a force, and repeatedly emphasised that his arrest should not undermine the peace process at a press briefing.
"Those who authorised my arrest could have done it differently," he said.
"They didn't have to use pernicious coercive legislation to deal with a legacy issue, even one as serious as this which I was voluntarily prepared to deal with. They didn't have to do it in the middle of an election campaign."
He said the arrest was a result of the "old guard using the old methods". Prosecutors will now decide whether the Sinn Fein president is to face charges.
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