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article imageGerry Adams still being detained in connection with 1972 murder

By Justin King     May 2, 2014 in World
Belfast - The President of the Provisional Irish Republican Army’s political wing, Sinn Fein, has been detained for almost three days in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. McConville was reportedly suspected of being a British spy.
The 65-year-old Gerry Adams turned himself into to authorities after issuing a statement declaring his innocence. Sinn Fein member Martin McGuinness said he believed the detention was politically motivated and an attempt to sway the upcoming elections. Typically a suspect can only be held for 48 hours in the country, but the British government has extended the time police may hold Adams.
Jean McConville was the windowed mother of ten who was abducted from her home and reportedly executed by Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) partisans for being a British informer. Loyalist police forces are saying that witnesses have now told them that Gerry Adams ordered the murder. In an interview published after his death, a former IRA commander confirmed that Adams had ordered the move as part of his plan to weed out current informers and deter future cooperation with British authorities.
A IRA's activist reads newspapers at his office under a wall covered with IRA (Irish Revolution...
A IRA's activist reads newspapers at his office under a wall covered with IRA (Irish Revolutionnary Army) propaganda posters
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McConville’s son, Michael, says that because some of the men didn’t wear masks during the abduction, he could identify them. He also states that he would never give the names to British authorities for fear of being labeled an informer and executed.
Everybody thinks that this has all gone away, but it hasn’t. There are splinter groups of the IRA. ... They would classify you as an informant and they would shoot you.
His mother’s body was not found until 2003.
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