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Sinn Féin  President Jerry Adams is being held overnight after being arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in connection with the murder in 1972 of Jean McConville. I should first caution that in the UK a person may be arrested on suspicion or for questioning and is charged later or released without charge. The arrest is a formal procedure for administering a caution.*

Jean McConville, 37, was a mother of 10 falsely accused of being an informant against the IRA. She was abducted in front of her children and "disappeared". Her body was discovered buried in a beach in 2003.

Adams attended Antrim police station by appointment and I should add this which is currently available on the Guardian site (reporting restrictions are very strict in the UK following a charge.)

Just before Adams walked into the police station on Wednesday evening, he denied to RTÉ television that he had anything to with the McConville murder. Adams also rejected recent claims by former IRA bomber and convicted killer Peter Rogers that he and the Sinn Féin deputy first minister Martin McGuinness had ordered him to transport explosives to bomb Britain in 1980.

In a statement issued shortly after it was announced that he had been arrested, Adams said: "I believe that the killing of Jean McConville and the secret burial of her body was wrong and a grievous injustice to her and her family.

"Well-publicised, malicious allegations have been made against me. I reject these. While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville."

* The police cautions in the UK are analogous to the "Miranda" in the USA. It is also administered when a formal statement has to be made to other officials such as tax inspectors if the statement is to be admissible in later court proceedings. The exact wording in Northern Ireland is:

“You do not have to say anything, but I must caution you that if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in Court, it may harm your defence. If you do say anything it may be given in evidence.”
The person cautioned is then asked “Do you understand?”. All formal police interviews are recorded onto two tapes; one to produce a transcript, the other sealed to prevent tampering with the original. In some cases an interview may be videotaped.
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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:16:52 PM PDT

  •  I Wonder if This Is Related To Our New Total (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, commonmass, Mogolori

    global information environment.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:32:10 PM PDT

    •  It is not (4+ / 0-)

      It is related two two IRA members who participated in the abduction, murder, and disposal of the body who admitted to it and gave interviews for Boston College as part of a historical documentation of the Troubles subject, under the condition that what they said not be made public until after their deaths. The story came out in 2008 when one of them died and the story was reported. The Belfast police launched a court case to get Boston College to turn over the tapes, and after two years they got the recording of Brendan Hughes. They fought to keep the tape made of Delours Price from being released, but she died last year (and had admitted to other journalists in the meantime that she was the one who had driven McConville to where she was executed), and they eventually turned over hers.

      The police couldn't charge Adams (or Ivor Bell, another man implicated in the murder who was arrested last month) because they only had the information from the Hughes interviews. What they learned from the Price tapes, which they received only some months ago, clearly corroborated the information on the Hughes tapes and gave them the justification to arrest Adams and Bell.

      Both of them (presumably for Price, certainly for Hughes), implicated Adams as having ordered the murder, and of being an active participant in--in fact the leader of--what was, effectively, an IRA death squad that was targeting alleged Catholic informants.

      While Adams has always denied being an active member of the IRA, no one gives his denials any credence.

  •  I wonder what this is really about? What do (2+ / 0-)
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    you think? Peter Rogers grassed him up? To what end, i wonder?  

    Thanks, Lib Dem FoP.

    "Southern nights, have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint Remember the Gulf of Mexico.

    by rubyr on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:32:54 PM PDT

  •  The Crown has been after Adams for years. (2+ / 0-)
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    PatConnors, tommymet

    IIRC, his voice is not even allowed to be broadcast on interviews on the BBC.

    If he did it, he should be punished, but I wouldn't trust the Crown as far as I could throw it when it comes to Adams.

    SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

    by commonmass on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:52:24 PM PDT

    •  That changed (4+ / 0-)

      I am afraid the actor who revoiced Adam's appearances has been out of a job for many years now (in the sense of sorry the guy lost the gig).  It was a stupid idea from a stupid administration (Thatcher's) who wished to "deprive them of the oxygen of publicity" and only succeeded in making themselves look foolish.

      I feel I cannot comment (for legal reasons) about his guilt or innocence but you do have to deconstruct his statements carefully and look at his previous denials of involvement with the IRA.

      If there is a malign motivation behind the arrest, it could well be to put pressure on the Republican side in the negotiations to finalize the provisions of the Good Friday agreement. An administrative blunder in England meant an IRA suspect could not be prosecuted and this de facto amnesty could extend to several hundreds. The Loyalist side are suggesting that there should either be an amnesty for all, including British soldiers suspected of wrong doing during the Troubles or if the latter are to be prosecuted, the other side should be too.

      This particular murder is the most notorious of "The Disappeared" who the IRA admit to having killed. There are, IIRC, still 7 bodies that have not been found.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:14:51 PM PDT

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      •  Sinn Fein are holding out against truth and (0+ / 0-)

        reconciliation as I understand it. They want the crown forces held accountable for their many nefarious acts, but still cast themselves as heroes, despite the fact that the years of chaos and misery achieved bugger all.

        One of McConville's 10 children was doing the rounds on the morning news programs today. He is still afraid of republican retribution against him and his family should he talk to the police about what he witnessed that night.

        Mitt Romney, wasn't good enough to beat the guy that wasn't good enough to beat George W. Bush .

        by ewan husarmee on Thu May 01, 2014 at 08:19:09 AM PDT

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  •  Im sure Adams can rely on Peter King for bail n/t (0+ / 0-)

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