Man, 77, arrested in McConville case

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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A 77-year-old man has been arrested as part of investigations into the 1972 abduction and murder of widow and mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Man, 77, arrested in McConville case
Jean McConville, who disappeared in 1972, pictured with three of her children. (© Pacemaker)

The arrest was made in west Belfast on Tuesday by detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch.

The suspect has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite in Antrim for questioning.

Mrs McConville was kidnapped from her flat in the Divis area in December 1972 and shot by the IRA.

The 37-year-old's body was not recovered until years later, when it when it was found on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.

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19 Comments
D in belfast wrote (189 days ago):
Sometimes there is a price to pay for peace peace that all our children and grandchildren an so on will benefit from and that price may be very very high but for the sake of our children and their children then surely it is a price worth paying so there is no more victims..?
S.B. in Belfast wrote (189 days ago):
Jackie, Do you seriously think that after so long families are going to get justice for pre-1998 events? I know it's an awful thing to say that there should be no more investigations or prosecutions BUT when was this place ever normal? There are far too many vested interests and unpalatable truths that could come out that might embarrass everyone and so it's just not going to happen. I think the families should now accept that they won't get the truth and they unfortunately are going to be the ones who will have to carry the burden of us all moving on. Time is going past so quickly here and many people involved in the conflict are old and dying off; even those born at the start of the Troubles are now in their 40's. For the sake of the younger generation a line should be drawn for good and the victims families properly compensated for their hurt and loss; at some point we are going to have to deal with and finish this.
Observer in Online wrote (189 days ago):
SB in Belfast - so the Parachute Regiment soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday should not be investigated either then?
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (189 days ago):
Just as with the pensioner interviewed over the bombing of McGurk's bar, ANYONE involved in 'troubles' related crimes should face the full rigour of the law. The GFA has a process for dealing with these crimes, ie: less than two years in custody. This is the process voted for by the people of Northern Ireland. As we have seen, this process, now that the reality has been demonstrated, has the support of very few of the moral majority, and even fewer former terrorists. This should demonstrate quite clearly that no other amnesty or mechanisms for dealing with the past will have public support. As another commentator said, Nazis have been facing trial for years to secure justice for their victims.
lynn in east belfast wrote (189 days ago):
I can not believe what is been said on here that poor woman murdered and her family should get on with it its sick what goes on in people minds
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