` Sinn Fein Leader `Gerry Adams Released from Custody and Charges are Unlikely According to Police '

#AceNewsServices – BELFAST – May 04 – Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is expected has been released from custody Sunday, and charges against him are unlikely, a senior Northern Irish police source told AP.

The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a file of evidence would be sent to British prosecutors for potential charges.

Police arrested Adams on Wednesday over charges that he ordered the killing of a Belfast mother of 10, who was allegedly a spy for the British army, when he was commander of the IRA in 1972.

Adams denies the allegations.

BBC – Guardian – Independent

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1. May 02 – 17.16 GMT: #AceNewsServices – BELFAST – May 02 – Police investigating the 1972 murder of Jean McConville are preparing to request more time to question Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein. http://wp.me/p165ui-52a

  1. May 01 – 14.55 GMT – #AceNewsServices – BELFAST – Northern Ireland – May 01 – Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams, the warlord-turned-peacemaker of the Northern Ireland conflict, was being interrogated Thursday over the grisly slaying of a Belfast widow that has haunted his political career for decades. http://wp.me/p165ui-51o

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` Gerry Adams Once IRA Now Politician Who Sit’s in the Houses of Parliament is Arrested for Killing in 1972 ‘

#AceNewsServices – BELFAST – Northern Ireland – May 01 – Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams, the warlord-turned-peacemaker of the Northern Ireland conflict, was being interrogated Thursday over the grisly slaying of a Belfast widow that has haunted his political career for decades.

Adams was arrested on suspicion of ordering the killing of Jean McConville, a mother of 10 in his Catholic west Belfast power base in 1972. That was the deadliest year in four decades of bloodshed, when the outlawed Irish Republican Army was committing killings daily — and Adams was already a commanding figure.

The IRA branded the 38-year-old woman a British spy but killed her secretly and told her children, who ranged in age from infants to teens, that she had abandoned them.

If Adams, 65, is charged with the murder of McConville — who disappeared without trace until her bullet-shattered skull was found near a Republic of Ireland beach in 2003 — it would be a profound surprise and deal a damaging shock to Northern Ireland’s precariously balanced peace.

Adams’ track record suggests he won’t be.

He was arrested and interrogated repeatedly in the wake of IRA bombings and shootings in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and even met British government leaders face to face as an IRA representative for failed cease-fire talks in 1972, followed by the IRA’s biggest car-bomb offensive on Belfast. Yet he insists he’s never held any position in the underground army and has been convicted of only one IRA offence, a failed escape when imprisoned without trial.

Adams gave every impression he intended to walk free again, giving TV interviews shortly before delivering himself to a Belfast police station Wednesday to begin an interrogation he has anticipated for months, if not years.

“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 publicized, 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.”

The difference, this time, is that key potential witnesses against Adams have been speaking, on tape, from their graves.

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Man Arrested over Shooting of ` Tommy Crossan ‘ IRA Who was Killed on Good Friday Anniversary ‘

#AceUKNews – NORTHERN IRELAND – April 19 – A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Northern Ireland after the shooting of a prominent republican hard-liner. Tommy Crossan, a senior member of the Continuity IRA, was fatally shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast.

Tommy Crossan, a former leading figure in the Continuity IRA (CIRA) was gunned down in an office at a fuel depot in the grounds of an industrial complex on Friday.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the arrested man was held in west Belfast by officers from its Serious Crime Branch and is being questioned at a police station in Antrim.

A priest attended to pray over Crossan, 43, after he was shot in West Belfast, an area long known as a republican heartland but which has been relatively peaceful in recent years, following the end of the IRA campaign in 1998.

Alex Attwood, West Belfast MLA for the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), suggested three gunmen carried out the killing and detectives are examining the possibility that rival republican dissidents were involved in the murder.

Crossan had been strongly opposed to the 1998 peace deal. Northern Ireland has been predominantly peaceful since the signing of the Good Friday agreement.

However, there have been occasional outbreaks of sectarian violence, which have intensified over the past 18 months.

More than 3,600 have died in sectarian troubles between Catholic Irish nationalists and union protestants who wish to remain part of the UK since the ‘troubles’ began in the 1960’s.

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1. Man Arrested over Killing of Tommy Crossan http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10775910/Man-held-over-killing-of-former-Continuity-IRA-leader.html

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