Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Jean McConville murder: PSNI granted more time to question IRA chief Ivor Bell

Ivor Bell in 1983 when he was released after Supergrass, Robert Lean, withdrew evidence against 11 men
Jean McConville, left, with her children before she vanished in 1972
Jean McConville, left, with her children before she vanished in 1972

Detectives investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 have been granted additional time by a court to question a 77-year-old man arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday.

Ivor Bell, widely reported to have been an IRA commander in Belfast during the 1970s, was arrested in a raid on his home in Andersonstown on Tuesday.

Police from Serious Crime Branch have been given until Friday night to continue interviewing the suspect at Antrim Police Station.

37-year-old Mrs McConville, a 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.

Her body was recovered on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.

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