FRESH ARRESTS IN JEAN MCONVILLE MURDER

tTwo women arrested over the IRA murder of  Jean McConville in 1972

tTwo women arrested over the IRA murder of Jean McConville in 1972

THE PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit have arrested two more women over the 1972 abduction and murder of Belfast woman Jean McConville.

The arrested women, aged 57 and 60, and have been taken to Antrim for questioning.

Another 57-year-old woman, arrested on Wednesday, was later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Mrs McConville, a widowed mother-of-10, was one of the Disappeared.

She was taken from her flat by the IRA, murdered and secretly buried. Her body was found 35 years later at a beach in County Louth.

Earlier this month, a 57-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man, arrested separately in west Belfast were both released after questioning.

The man was released without charge and police are preparing a report on the woman for assessment by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

Last month, Ivor Bell, 77, a leader in the Provisional IRA in the 1970s, was charged in connection with the murder.

He has been charged with aiding and abetting murder and membership of the IRA.

Mrs McConville, 37, was kidnapped in front of her children after being wrongly accused of being an informer.

 

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