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McConville family vows fight for justice will continue following Adams release

Gerry Adams at a press conference in west Belfast following his release from Antrim police station.

Gerry Adams at a press conference in west Belfast following his release from Antrim police station.

The family of IRA murder victim Jean McConville will continue their fight for justice, her son has promised.

Following yesterday’s release of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams from police custody without charge, Michael McConville said there was now a world-wide focus on his mother’s “inhuman treatment” at the hands of the IRA.

“There is not a day goes past that we don’t think about our mother and this week has been particularly painful for us all,” he said.

Mr Adams was freed last night after four days of questioning over the abduction and murder of the Belfast mother-of-ten. A file on the matter will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

Shortly after leaving Antrim police station, Mr Adams addressed a press conference in west Belfast where he again rejected allegations – made by some of his former republican colleagues – that he ordered the widow’s abduction in 1972.

After criticising his arrest as sending out the “wrong signal”, he added: “Despite this I want to make it clear that I support the PSNI, I will continue to work with others to build a genuinely civic policing service.”

Peter Robinson said comments made by other senior Sinn Fein figures, threatening a reassessment of their support for the police should Mr Adams face charges, were a “despicable, thuggish attempt to blackmail the PSNI”.

The First Minister added: “Ordinary decent citizens will conclude that the PSNI and the PPS have succumbed to a crude and overt political threat if Adams is not charged.”

 

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