A former IRA volunteer has lost his High Court bid to stop police taking possession of his interviews with a convicted bomber.
Anthony McIntyre was trying to stop disclosure of confidential archived material compiled for a history project at Boston College in the United States.
PSNI detectives wanted access to all his interviews with IRA veteran Dolours Price as part of their investigation into the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville, one of the so-called Disappeared.
Mr McIntyre claimed releasing the tapes and transcripts to police would put him at greater risk of being killed by dissident republicans, who would see it as a betrayal of the IRA's code of silence.
However, a judge dismissed his case after a senior detective said he was not aware of any current increased risk to the researcher due to his work on the project.
Mr Justice Treacy said: “I conclude that the applicant has failed to make out an arguable case that disclosure of the Boston College tapes would, as he claimed, materially increase the risk to his life or that of his family.”
Lawyers for Mr McIntyre are expected to appeal.
Loyalist and republican paramilitaries gave interviews to him and journalist Ed Moloney for the college's Belfast Project, an examination of the conflict in Northern Ireland. They included Price, who was jailed for her part in a bomb attack on the Old Bailey in London in 1973.
Recordings were carried out on the understanding that they would only be made public once interviewees had died.