Man released over Jean McConville

Published Wednesday, 07 May 2014
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A 56-year-old man has been released in connection with the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

Man released over Jean McConville
Jean McConville, who disappeared in 1972, pictured with three of her children. (© Pacemaker)

The man presented himself to police on Wednesday morning and was being questioned at Antrim police station.

He was later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Mrs McConville, a 37-year-old widow and mother of 10 children, was abducted in December 1972 from her flat in the Divis area of west Belfast and shot by the IRA, becoming one of the so-called Disappeared. Her body was recovered on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.

Six of Jean McConville's ten children gathered to mark her 80th birthday on Wednesday.

They met at the Wave Trauma Centre in north Belfast where a tree was planted and seven white doves were released during a special ceremony.

As the names of all ten children were read out, Michael, Suzanne, Agnes, Archie and Thomas shared their thoughts on a day which should have been a birthday celebration rather than a memorial service.

The latest arrest in the police investigation followed Sinn Féin president Gerry Adam's release from police custody pending a report to the PPS.

He was questioned for four days by police investigating Mrs McConville's murder. He has always denied any involvement.

Veteran republican Ivor Bell has been charged in connection with the case.

The 77-year-old, from Ramoan Gardens in west Belfast, has appeared in court on counts of aiding and abetting the murder and of IRA membership. He is currently out on bail.

Police are preparing files on four women also detained in connection with the murder for Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

© UTV News
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8 Comments
Simon in Belfast wrote (228 days ago):
Isobel, i indeed hope they get jutice ! But the police here are useless , messed up the Duffy trial (2 soldiers killed) and so on ,all they care is how good they look ,to young etc , so please dont start you rubbish .
Iain in Belfast wrote (228 days ago):
Alan, Ruth Patterson was an idiot. And she still is.
Isobel in Lisburn wrote (228 days ago):
I wonder if Simon, given his reckless comment about keystone cops would prefer if the police ceased further inquiries and investigation of this despicable murder. He is oblivious to knowledge concerning judicial matters and should think before he acts. My thoughts are with the McConville family and I hope that they can get some truth and justice. God knows they need it.
Simon in Belfast wrote (228 days ago):
Keystone cops again !!!
alan in belfast wrote (228 days ago):
i love the way when its republicans they present themselves at a police station.... when its a loyalist there home is raided and they are arrested.... and sinn fein complain about political policing... Ruth patterson was political policing.
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