Gerry Adams al centro delle polemiche per il suo presunto ruolo fondamentale nell’assassinio di Jean McConville. La figlia della vittima promette battaglia
Stavolta l’attacco proviene dal nuovo libro di Ed Moloney, già autore de “La vera storia dell’IRA”, considerato una bibbia in materia.
Il giornalista ha riferito nel suo nuovo libro “Voices from the Grave” che Gerry Adams fu l’ideatore dell’esecuzione di una madre di Belfast nel 1972.
Il coinvolgimento nell’omicidio sembra essere stato confermato a Moloney da Brendan “the Dark” Hughes, morto nel 2008 e protagonista della lotta armata irlandese per molti decenni.
Il fatto che vede coinvolto Adams, alla vigilia delle prossime elezioni chiave di maggio, fa riferimento all’esecuzione di
Jean McConville, di anni 37. La donna fu accusata di essere una spia britannica, uccisa e sepolta nella contea di Louth. Essendo madre di dieci figli, l’IRA non ammise il misfatto fino al 2003 per non attirarsi critiche da più parti.
Brendan Hughes ha confessato di aver preso parte all’interrogatorio dell’IRA nei confronti della donna e che questa ammise di essere una spia. Una trasmittente del British Army fu inoltre ritrovata nella sua abitazione di West Belfast.
Fonti ufficiali del partito di Adams si sono affrettate a smentire le voci: “Negli ultimi anni Brendan Hughes era molto malato ed era pubblicamente in disaccordo con il processo di pace”, come per minare la sua sincera attendibilità.
Ma Maloney ha risposto alle critiche affermando che l’intervista al defunto volontario dell’IRA rappresenta solo il frutto di genuine confessioni di Hughes che dovevano essere pubblicate dopo la morte, rappresentando così solo verità.
Helen McKendry, figlia di Jean McConville, preannuncia intanto l’intenzione di procedere civilmente contro il leader del Sinn Fein: “Non è per soldi. E’ per la mia famiglia. Voglio la reale verità” ed aggiunge: “Gerry Adams deve uscir fuori e dire alla gente la verità. Non è solo la mia famiglia. E’ per ognuno dei disappeared, che è stato ferito, ucciso o qualsiasi altra cosa durante i Troubles in Irlanda del Nord. Deve dire la verità”.
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Daughter in Adams court challenge (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The daughter of a woman murdered by the IRA is planning a civil action against Gerry Adams over his alleged role in her mother’s disappearance.
A new book ‘Voices from the Grave’ claims the Sinn Fein president ordered the killing and secret burial of mother of 10, Jean McConville, in 1972.
The allegations against the Sinn Fein president, which he has always denied, appear in journalist Ed Moloney’s book.
Her daughter Helen McKendry said she would pursue Mr Adams in the courts.
“It is not for money. It is for my mother, I want to get the real truth,” she said.
“Gerry Adams has to come out and tell people the truth. It is not just my family. It is everybody that was disappeared, that was hurt, killed or whatever during the whole Troubles in Northern Ireland. He needs to tell the truth.”
The claims were made by a former IRA commander in Belfast, Brendan Hughes, who died in 2008.
A Sinn Fein spokesperson said the allegation was “not new” and that Mr Adams had consistently denied it.
“In the last years of his life Brendan Hughes was very ill and he publicly disagreed with the strategy being pursued by republicans,” the spokesman said.
“Other former republican activists involved in this project have a malign agenda and have been opposed to Sinn Fein’s peace strategy from the outset.”
But Mr Maloney said that what Brendan Hughes had done, in giving the interviews was to tell “the unvarnished truth” which was “unprecedented in IRA annals”.
The IRA has admitted killing and burying Jean McConville, whose body was only found in 2003.
The allegations against Mr Adams, and others, were made in a series of interviews Mr Hughes gave to a researcher for Boston College in 2001 and 2002. He spoke on condition that the material would not be published until after his death.
Jean McConville, 37, lived with her children in Belfast in the early 1970s.
She was taken from her Divis home by IRA members after being accused of being an informer. She was interrogated, shot and secretly buried in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.
Her family have rejected claims that she was an informer. In 2006 an investigation by Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan found no evidence that Mrs McConville had passed information to the security forces.
In the book, extracts of which were published in the Sunday Times, Hughes said that an Army transmitter was removed from her flat by an IRA team.
Hughes said he helped in her interrogation and she admitted she was working for the British Army.
But because she was a mother and a widow, she was given a warning.
However, a second transmitter was later found and she was taken away to be killed.
Jean McConville’s body was found on a beach in County Louth almost 30 years after she disappeared from Divis Flats.
“The problem with this story was that Jean McConville was a widow, she was a woman, she had 10 children, what would the public reaction be?” Mr Moloney said.
“It was decided after much argument and dispute within the high reaches of the Belfast brigade staff that the way to handle Jean McConville was to kill her and let no-one know this happened.”
Hughes claimed there was an argument between Adams and his deputy about this.
“It was reckoned by Gerry Adams that the public relations downside of her body being found justified disappearing her in that way,” Mr Maloney said.
He said Hughes later described the killing as “utterly pointless and brutal”.