Republican Leader Gerry Adams Held Over 1972 Murder

The President of the Irish Republican political party, Sinn Fein, has been held over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. McConville was kidnapped in front of her children because she was wrongly suspected of being an informer against the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Mrs McConville was from a Protestant background but married into a Catholic family, she had 10 children. The BBC report that in 1999 the IRA admitted they had killed her and secretly disposed of her body. It remained undiscovered until 2003.

The questioning of Adams comes a month after a former Provisional IRA leader, Ivor Bell, was charged in connection with the murder. Mrs McConville is known as one of the 'Disappeared' a group of 16 people abducted and murdered during the troubles.

Gerry Adams issued the following statement: “Last month I said that I was available to meet the PSNI about the Jean McConville case.

"While I have concerns about the timing, I am voluntarily meeting with the PSNI this evening.

“As a republican leader I have never shirked my responsibility to build the peace. This includes dealing with the difficult issue of victims and their families.

"Insofar as it is possible I have worked to bring closure to victims and their families who have contacted me. Even though they may not agree, this includes the family of Jean McConville.

“I believe that the killing of Jean McConville and the secret burial of her body was wrong and a grievous injustice to her and her family.

“Well publicised, malicious allegations have been made against me. I reject these.

“While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville.

“Sinn Féin has signed up to the Haass proposals for dealing with the past. While I also respect the right of families if they wish to seek legal redress there remains a huge onus on the two governments and the political parties to face up to all these issues and to agree a victim centred process which does this.”

Earlier this month Mr Adams was accused of conspiring to get a terror suspect released from police custody. He denies all the allegations against him and the investigation continues.


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