Irish republican to stand trial over 1972 killing

They interviewed a number of former paramilitaries about the Troubles on the understanding that transcripts would not be published until after their deaths.

Irish republican to stand trial over 1972 killing

World Bulletin / News Desk

A prominent Irish republican will stand trial over the IRA murder of a Belfast mother more than 40 years ago, one of the most notorious incidents in Northern Ireland's "Troubles", a judge ruled Thursday.

Ivor Bell, 79, has been charged with aiding and abetting the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, 37, as well as being a member of the Irish Republican Army paramilitary group.

McConville, a mother of 10, was abducted by the IRA at her Belfast home in December 1972, shot dead and then secretly buried. She was accused of passing information to the British army.

Nobody has ever been convicted for the murder.

In 1999, the IRA admitted her murder and her remains were found on a beach four years later.

Judge Amanda Henderson told the white-haired Bell at a court hearing in Belfast that there was a case to answer, but a trial date has yet to be confirmed.

The case against Bell stems from an interview he allegedly gave to researchers at Boston College in the United States.

However, a US court ruled in 2013 that the tapes should be handed over to the Northern Irish police.

At a previous hearing, Bell's lawyer Peter Corrigan said that on the tapes, his client "explicitly states that he was not involved with the murder of Jean McConville".

The Troubles, three decades of sectarian bloodshed between Northern Ireland's Protestant and Catholic communities, were largely ended by the 1998 peace accords.

Republicans, from the Irish Catholic community, want Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom and join the Republic of Ireland to the south.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Temmuz 2016, 16:38