Northern Ireland police question Gerry Adams over 1972 murder

By Conor Humphries

Northern Ireland police are questioning Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville, his party said on Wednesday, after police said detectives investigating the case had arrested a 65-year-old man.

Adams said in a statement that he was “innocent of any part” in death of McConville, a widowed mother of 10 who was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1972, one of the most controversial crimes of Northern Ireland’s sectarian violence.

A statement from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said a man had “presented himself” to police this evening, but it did not name the suspect.