McConville case ‘interference’ concerns (UTV)

The son of Jean McConville is calling for the investigation into his mother’s death to be moved outside Northern Ireland to ensure that it is independent.

It comes after Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was released from custody after four days of questioning by detectives investigating her abduction and murder in 1972.

Michael McConville said he is concerned about “political interference” in the investigation.

He said: “We do think there is going to be political interference with the case – we have seen the likes of Martin McGuinness coming out making statements against the police and everything else.

“All we want is justice for our mother. We think this case should be taken out of Northern Ireland.”

Meanwhile, in a separate move Helen McKendry, a daughter of Jean McConville, has said she is considering taking a civil case against Gerry Adams.

She said: “At the minute we are listening to legal advice and we have to see what comes out of that but yes I will be taking legal action.

There’s nobody here to speak for my mother, only her family, and we have to make as much noise as possible

Helen McKendy
“It seems I’m not going to get justice for my mother in a court of law here so the only way I can do it is if I take legal action myself.”

Police released the 65-year-old political leader from Antrim PSNI Station on Sunday evening.

After leaving via a back door, while loyalist protestors gathered at the front of the building, Mr Adams made his way to packed news conference in Belfast where he again denied any involvement in the murder of Jean McConville.

“I am conscious that there is another family at the heart of this,” he said.

“That is the family of Mrs Jean McConville. Let me be very clear. I am innocent of any involvement in any conspiracy to abduct, kill and bury Mrs McConville.

“I have worked hard with others to have this injustice redressed and for the return of the bodies of others killed and secretly buried by the IRA and I will continue to do so.”

Gerry Adams also questioned the timing of his detention.

He continued: “I make the case that those who authorised my arrest and detention could have done it differently. They had discretion. They did not have to use pernicious coercive legislation to deal with a legacy issue – even one as serious as this, which I was voluntarily prepared to deal with.

“They did not have to do this in the middle of an election campaign. Remember I contacted them two months ago. Despite this I want to make it clear that I support the PSNI.

“I will continue to work with others to build a genuinely civic policing service.”

Mr Adams’ release comes pending a file being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions – however the current DPP, Barra McGrory, will have to stand aside and allow his deputy to consider whether Mr Adams should now face charges, as Mr McGrory has acted as Mr Adam’s solicitor in the past.

First Minister Peter Robinson, of the DUP, said the PPS must not be “intimidated”.

He went on: “Whether there is a charge of course is a matter for the PPS and I really do hope they won’t allow themselves to be intimidated in any way by the threats and bluster from Sinn Féin.

“It’s not up to any politician to comment on the due process of law, all that we need to do is ensure that proper processes have been carried out, that nobody interferes in those processes and where there is evidence that it is brought before the court.”


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