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Jean McConville: Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams asks solicitor to contact PSNI to check if they want to speak to him regarding murder

By John Mulgrew

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams says he has asked his solicitor to contact the PSNI to check if they want to interview him about the murder of Jean McConville.

Mr Adams - who denies any involvement in the killing of Mrs McConville - said "if the PSNI wish to talk to me on this matter I am available to meet them".

He was responding to newspaper reports that the PSNI may be interested in speaking to him in reference to the case.

"I can understand the McConville family’s anger and hurt given what they have been through and given what some anti-peace process former republican activists have been alleging," he said.

"However, let me repeat. What happened to Jean McConville was a terrible injustice. I was not involved in any part of it. If the PSNI wish to talk to me on this matter I am available to meet them. I have asked my solicitor to contact them."

He also criticised the Boston College tapes project - in which a number of former paramilitaries were interviewed about the Troubles on the understanding transcripts would not be published until after their deaths.

But that was rendered ineffective, when a US court last year ordered that the tapes be handed over to the PSNI.

The comments come after 77-year-old Ivor Bell appeared in court charged with IRA membership and aiding and abetting the murder of Jean McConville.

Mother-of-10, Mrs McConville, a widow, was abducted outside her home in west Belfast's Divis flats in 1972, before being shot dead by the IRA.

Her remains were finally found at Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth in the Republic in August 2003.

Further reading

'Gerry Adams, you're next': Jean McConville's daughter tells Sinn Fein president he'll follow IRA veteran Ivor Bell to dock

Jean McConville murder: Police want to quiz writer and former IRA man Anthony McIntyre over his interviews about killing

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