Gerry Adams arrested

May 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Northern Ireland police say they have arrested Sinn Fein leader on suspicion of involvement in the Irish Republican Army’s 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast widow.

Adams, 65, confirmed his own arrest in a prepared statement and described it as a voluntary, prearranged interview.

Police long had been expected to question Adams about the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of 10 whom the IRA executed as an alleged spy. According to all authoritative histories of the Sinn Fein-IRA movement, Adams served as an IRA commander for decades, but he has always denied holding any position in the outlawed group.

“I believe that the killing of Jean McConville and the secret burial of her body was wrong and a grievous injustice to her and her family,” Adams said. “Well publicised, malicious allegations have been made against me. I reject these. While I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, I am innocent of any part in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville.”

Reflecting the embarrassment associated with killing a single mother, the IRA did not admit the killing until 1999, and her unmarked grave was discovered only by accident near a Republic of Ireland beach in 2003.

Wikipedia has info on the murder.

Adams has been fingered for ordering the killing by former IRA members in tape recordings made before their deaths.

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20 Responses to “Gerry Adams arrested”

  1. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    Even if convicted, the murder might fall under the Good Friday Accords and so he may serve a short sentence.

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  2. big bruv (13,923 comments) says:

    Murdering scum, I hope the prick is sent down for a long time. Mind you, as metcalph has already said I suspect this prick has a get out of jail free card with the good Friday agreement.

    It makes my blood boil to see Adams and McGuiness strutting around as if they were some sort of demi gods. The pair of them are mass murderers.

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  3. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    He may not even be charged. People get arrested and released in the UK all the time – usually because the Police want to interview them in connection with an offence, but then decide not to lay a charge.

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  4. RRM (9,932 comments) says:

    A great statesman of Ireland and, therefore, the world.

    (Cue weepy gaelic flute music)

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  5. kowtow (8,512 comments) says:

    It really grips my shit about how these cold blooded murderers have been so romanticised and legitimised over time.

    Hollywood and other entertainment types have a lot to answer for.So do so called mainstream politicians.

    At the very outset of their operations ,way back in 1916,they engaged in cold blooded ,foul murder of ordinary Irishmen and women.

    This has been dressed up as a liberation struggle. Nothing of the sort.

    Disgusting ,power grabbing criminality,enforced by violence and intimidation.

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  6. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    What’s more likely to attract murder charges: an alleged action by Gerry Adams or the 1972 ‘Bloody Sunday’ shooting by British troops?

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  7. lilman (960 comments) says:

    If he goes down for this ,I have no problem with it,she was innocent and got savagely beaten.
    As for 1916 and later years I dont think they were the only ones waging cruel and desperate tactics.

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  8. aquataur (56 comments) says:

    If the Troubles were war as the IRA claim. then this is a war crime !

    The IRA were cowardly pricks – and this is a classic showcase of them

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  9. Crusader (316 comments) says:

    Religion. The real cause of evil.

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  10. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “It makes my blood boil to see Adams and McGuiness strutting around as if they were some sort of demi gods. The pair of them are mass murderers.”

    Reminds me of Henry Kissinger and George W Bush.

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  11. Sidey (250 comments) says:

    jackinabox at 8:03 pm
    Reminds me of Henry Kissinger and George W Bush.

    Really? They look nothing like each other, and I don’t recall GWB sounding overly Irish last I heard him speak.

    No doubt you have some facts to back up your statement, which you just forgot to include in your smear?

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  12. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    You don’t think Kissinger and Bush are mass murderers?

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  13. william blake (109 comments) says:

    Jaysus will the fekin eejits never learn.

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  14. lilman (960 comments) says:

    Ulster Defence Force,now theres a group of fine upstanding individuals.

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  15. kowtow (8,512 comments) says:

    Crusader,religion?largely incidental.

    Provos are a far left marxist organisation. The Unionists are just that,want to maintain the Union.

    ps Strange name for someone anti religious!

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  16. duggledog (1,559 comments) says:

    Crusader

    The troubles were not about religion, that was the vehicle. It was always about money, or rather getting Ulster to unite with the south so the bog Irish could have a better standard of living – at the expense of the North. Simple as that.

    Catholics having billions of children they couldn’t afford was and is the reason for poverty, just like the Philippines 98 million mostly Catholics on a few islands, so you’re right in a way, but I’d say Catholicism is responsible for far more suffering than all other faiths put together. Look at mexico

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  17. Komata (1,191 comments) says:

    Jerry Adams arrested? Who would have thought. The term ‘Remote control’ comes to mind, (‘I wasn’t there your Honour, so I know nothing about it, I’m completely innocent’) so he’ll get off, (of course), and his ‘sainthood’ and ‘status’ as a ‘Real Irish Freedom Fighter’ will rise even further.

    I don’t know how he sleeps at night though; blood doesn’t wash off hands very well, and he certainly has a lot on his, invisible though it may be to the ‘outside’ world.

    As I said, ‘Remote Control’.

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  18. Albert_Ross (298 comments) says:

    Much as I would love to see him go down, it seems to me extremely unlikely if the evidence against him consists of tape recordings of people who can’t now be cross examined

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  19. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    ‘You don’t think Kissinger and Bush are mass murderers?’

    Kissinger’s carpet bombing of Cambodia and Laos was MASS murder and G W Bush’s aggressive war against Iraq was more of the same. What the IRA did during their freedom fight was more than matched by Thatcher and her crew.

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  20. F E Smith (3,305 comments) says:

    Just to confirm what Nick R said, in the UK the Police generally arrest in order to interview, not because they intend to charge.

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