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56-year-old man arrested over Jean McConville case

The arrest comes in the wake of Gerry Adams’ arrest and questioning by the PSNI last week.

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested by officers investigating the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

The suspect taken into custody this morning was also questioned last month, but the interview had to be halted due to a medical issue.

He presented himself to police at Antrim Station this morning, the PSNI say.

The arrest comes in the wake of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams’ arrest and questioning by the force last week.

A 37-year-old mother-of-ten, Jean McConville was taken from her west Belfast home in December 1972. She was shot by the IRA, but her body was not recovered until August of 2003.

Alleged former IRA commander Ivor Bell was charged with aiding and abetting the murder of the mother-of-ten, and with IRA membership, in March of this year.

Two women, aged 57 and 60, were also arrested and questioned in connection with the case last month.

Gerry Adams returned to work in the Dáil this week following his four day detention by the PSNI, which ended on Sunday evening.

Speaking at a press conference following his release, Adams reiterated his stance that he was ”innocent of any involvement or conspiracy to abduct, kill or bury Ms McConville”.

Read: Gerry Adams released without charge

Watch: Sinn Féin senior figures stand by their leader – and look ahead

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