Ex-prisoners could sue Boston College

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A US university which is storing an oral history of the Northern Ireland Troubles - part of which was relied upon by police to quiz Gerry Adams about an IRA murder - could be sued by former paramilitary prisoners.

Last year the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) won a legal battle to force Boston College to hand over sections of the archive that related to the killing of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Former IRA prisoner Richard O’Rawe is among more than 40 people active during the conflict who gave interviews to the college on the understanding that accounts would not be released without their permission or until after their deaths. That undertaking was undermined by the US court ruling.

 

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