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Woman arrested in connection with Jean McConville case released without charge

The woman was arrested in west Belfast this morning.

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Updated at 8.43pm

A 57-YEAR-OLD WOMAN arrested earlier in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville has been released from custody..

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the 1972 murder arrested the woman in west Belfast this morning, and she was taken to the Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

A statement from the PSNI this evening confirmed she has since been released, and that file is to be prepared by officers for the Public Prosecution Service.

37-year-old McConville, a widow and mother of 10 children, was abducted in December 1972 from her flat in the Divis area of west Belfast and shot by the IRA.

Her body was recovered on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.

Former IRA commander Ivor Bell was charged with aiding and abetting the murder. He’s due in court again next month.

A 56-year-old man was also arrested in connection with the murder last week.

Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy

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