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Irish political leader Gerry Adams questioned over murder of woman in 1972

Published on May 1, 2014 8:38 AM
 
Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, head of the Sinn Fein political party, was on Thursday being quizzed over the murder of a woman in 1972, the party said in a statement. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ANTRIM, United Kingdom (AFP) - Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, head of the Sinn Fein political party, was on Thursday being quizzed over the murder of a woman in 1972, the party said in a statement.

"Last month Gerry Adams said he was available to meet the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) about the Jean McConville case," said a statement on the party's website late Wednesday. "That meeting is taking place this evening."

The police confirmed a 65-year-old man presented himself to Antrim police station and was arrested. They can hold him for 24 hours before either releasing him, charging him or applying for more time to question him.

Mrs McConville, a 37-year-old mother of 10, was snatched from her west Belfast flat and shot by republican paramilitaries, who wrongly believed she had passed information to the British army.

 
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