Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, head of the Sinn Fein political party, was on Wednesday being questioned over the murder of a woman in 1972, the party said in a statement.
“Last month Gerry Adams said he was available to meet the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) about the Jean McConville case,” said a statement on the party’s website.
“That meeting is taking place this evening.”
McConville, a 37-year-old mother of 10, was snatched from her west Belfast flat and shot by republican paramilitary outfit the IRA.
Her body was eventually found on a beach in County Louth in 2003.
Adams has always denied any involvement.
“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,” he 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.”
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