FRESH PSNI MOVE TO OBTAIN ALL BOSTON TAPED INTERVIEWS

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams quizzed in connection with Boston College taped interviews

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams quizzed in connection with Boston College taped interviews

THE PSNI has announced it is to pursue the remaining Boston College tapes of interviews of paramilitaries.

In a stateement, the PSNI said detectives from the Serious Crime Branch “have initiated steps to obtain all the material from Boston College as part of the Belfast project”

It added: “This is in line with PSNI’s statutory duty to investigate fully all matters of serious crime, including murder.”

Legal proceedings are expected to start soon in America for the recovery of the tapes.

The PSNI wants to listen to the remaining tapes before Boston College hands them back to the interviewees.

Dozens of former paramilitaries, both loyalist and republican, gave accounts of their involvement in the Troubles on the understanding their interviews would not be made public until after their deaths.

Earlier this week US news network NBC asked the judge in the case to released the tapes on the grounds of public interest.

Boston College had offered to return the material to those individuals who have given interviews.

Some of the interviewees have threatened to sue the college over its handling of the issue.

Earlier this month, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was questioned for four days over the murder of Jean McConville.

He was quizzed in relation to interviews given to the Belfast College about her murder in 1972.

His former adjutant, Ivor Bell, 77, has been charged with IRA membership and aiding and abetting in Mrs McConville’s murder.

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