Sinn Fein Leader Arrested, Questioned for Four Days Regarding '1972 Killing'

Sinn Fein Leader Arrested, Questioned for Four Days Regarding '1972 Killing'

On May 4, Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish Sinn Fein party, was released after being arrested and questioned for four days about “the 1972 killing” of Jean McConville.

McConville was a “37-year-old mother of ten” who “was abducted and murdered by the IRA” in 1972. 

According to the BBC, McConville “was kidnapped from her home in Divis Flats in west Belfast in front of her children after being wrongly accused of being an informer for the British Army.” She was “shot and secretly buried,” and “her body was found on a beach in County Louth in 2003.”

Last month 77-year-old Iver Bell–a leader in the Provisional IRA in the 1970s–“was charged with aiding and abetting the murder.” 

When Adams was released after questioning it was reported that BBC News “understands there was insufficient evidence to charge [him] with any offense.”

However, “one of Mrs. McConville’s daughters, Helen McKendry, has said she is hopeful that the family will raise the money to take a civil case against the Sinn Fein president for the murder of her mother.”

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