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TUV calls for more Boston tapes project arrests

TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister has questioned when others named in ‘the Boston tapes’ project will be arrested and charged.

According to US court records, 11 interviews have been passed to the PSNI in addition to all tapes from the late Brendan Hughes and Delours Price.

Mr Allister said: “It is imperative that the perception that some terror politicos are a ‘protected species’ is dispelled. Failure to act with equal effect against them would confirm that the perception is in fact reality.”

He added that “in the aftermath of the on the run scandal and its special status for Provos”, it is critical to any restoration of public confidence that anyone connected to the McConville murder is “pursued with vigour”.

On Saturday Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said “the killing of Jean McConville and the disappearing of her remains was wrong and a grievous injustice to her family”.

“The injustice suffered by the McConville family is one of many legacy issues relating to the conflict,” he said.

He added that “there has been a virtual amnesty for British armed forces including state and state-sponsored killings”.

“It is Sinn Fein’s view that legacy issues and dealing with the past, including past conflict events, are best addressed through an independent, international, truth recovery process,” he added.

At the weekend Mrs McConville’s daughter Helen McKendry said she hopes to see Mr Adams in court.

She told a Sunday newspaper that she hopes the charging of Ivor Bell will be followed by the arrest of others.

The Sinn Fein president has repeatedly denied any connection to Mrs McConville’s murder or membership of the IRA.

 

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