Belfast Telegraph

Jean McConville trial ruling in October

By Alan Erwin

A veteran republican charged in connection with the killing of Disappeared victim Jean McConville will discover in October if he is to stand trial.

Ivor Bell (78) is currently charged with aiding and abetting the mother-of-10's murder and membership of the IRA.

At Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, District Judge George Conner provisionally listed a preliminary enquiry hearing for October 22. Those proceedings will establish if the case will advance to a full trial.

Judge Conner said: "It's a case of public importance. I think we need to be pushing this forward."

Mrs McConville was seized by the IRA from her Divis Flats home in west Belfast in 1972 after being wrongly accused of being an informer.

She was shot dead and secretly buried, with her body only discovered in 2003 on a Co Louth beach.

Bell, from Ramoan Gardens in the Andersonstown district of west Belfast, was arrested and charged in March last year.

The case against him centres on an interview he allegedly gave to US researchers from Boston College who interviewed several ex-paramilitaries about their roles in the Northern Ireland conflict.

The accused - who is currently on bail - denies any role in events surrounding the murder.

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