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Boston College testimony used to bring veteran republican to court over Jean McConville

77-year-old Ivor Bell is accused of aiding and abetting in the murder. He was remanding in custody at a court appearance today.

Undated file photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her children before she vanished in 1972
Undated file photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her children before she vanished in 1972
Image: PA Wire

Updated at 9.10pm

AN ALLEGED FORMER IRA commander has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning on charges related to the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville more than 40 years ago.

77-year-old Ivor Bell appeared before court in Belfast charged with aiding and abetting the murder of the mother-of-ten, and with IRA membership.

Bell was refused bail, and remanded in custody to appear again in court next month.

According to BBC Northern Ireland, the court was told that part of the evidence used to bring Bell before the court was an interview given by the defendant to Boston College researchers.

His solicitor denied Bell had any role in the killing, and claimed the evidence based on the interview was “not credible”.

Jean McConville was 37 when she was abducted from her home in Belfast in December 1972.

Her body was discovered more than 30 years later on Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth. Her children have spoken in recent years of the devastating impact their mother’s death had on them.

First posted at 10.20am. Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy.

Earlier this week: 77-year-old man arrested in connection with Jean McConville murder >

Read: PSNI appeal for man who phoned Jean McConville’s family in the 90s to come forward >

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