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PSNI given extra time to quiz Jean case suspect.


DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Jean McConville have been given more time to question a man about her death.

The mother of 10 was abducted, shot dead and secretly buried by the IRA.

Veteran republican Ivor Malachy Bell, 77, was detained at his home in West Belfast on Tuesday.

The PSNI said they had been granted an extension until tomorrow night.

The murder of Mrs McConville is one of the most notorious killings of the Troubles.

The 37-year-old was seized at her home at Divis Flats in West Belfast by an IRA gang in December 1972 and accused of passing information to the British Army.

An investigation later by the Police Ombudsman rejected the allegations.

Mrs McConville was a Protestant who converted to Catholicism after she married a Catholic man, a former British soldier.

She was kidnapped by up to a dozen IRA men and women and later shot in the back of the head and buried 50 miles from her home.

The IRA did not admit her murder until 1999 when information was passed to police in the Republic.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2014
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