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Court to rule over Boston College tapes handover on January 24

By Jim Dee

It will be at least two more weeks until a US court decides whether or not decade-old interviews that former IRA members gave to an American college will be handed over to the British Government.

Boston College has a series of interviews with former paramilitaries that allegedly contain information relating to the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

Acting on behalf of Britain in Boston yesterday, the US Justice Department opted not to oppose a motion by lead researchers on BC's Belfast Project to forestall compliance with a federal judge's December 27 ruling that the interviews be surrendered.

Former IRA member Anthony McIntyre and journalist Ed Moloney argue that relinquishing the IRA interviews - including ones in which Dolours Price purportedly implicates Gerry Adams in Jean McConville's slaying - could severely damage the peace process and imperil the lives of McIntyre and the former IRA interviewees.

Adams has always denied any role in McConville's murder, which the IRA carried out because they believed the mother-of-10 was spying for the British Army.

A January 24 date has now been set for a full court hearing to decide the fate of the interviews.

It is believed the PSNI is seeking the interviews. However, given that there is little possibility that Price or any of the former IRA members would appear in court to accuse Adams of involvement in the slaying, there is little chance he would be convicted.

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