Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams questioned about an IRA murder

By Marcina Zaccaria,

In Dublin, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remains in custody on Thursday after his arrest by Northern Ireland police. Police are investigating Adams in conjunction with an Irish Republican Army’s abduction in which Jean McConville, a mother of 10, was killed in Belfast.

The Sinn Fein-IRA identified Adams as a senior commander, but Adams has denied participation.

Jean McConville, a 38 year-old woman who the IRA called a British spy, was killed in 1972. The IRA admitted McConville’s killing in 1999, and her remains were found in 2003.

Michael McConville, a son of the dead woman, said that he is not quick to reveal names to the police. According to the Associated Press, McConville said, “Me or one of my family members or one of my children would get shot by these people. People think this (IRA threat) has gone away. It hasn't. Splinter groups of the IRA would class you as an informant and shoot you."

Adams, 65, says that he is “innocent of any part” of the murder, according to Reuters.

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