Man in court over McConville murder

A veteran republican has been remanded in custody charged in connection with the IRA murder more than 40 years ago of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Ivor Bell, 77, was refused bail when he appeared before a district judge in Belfast accused of aiding and abetting in the murder as well as membership of the IRA.

The court heard police moved against the pensioner on the basis of an interview he had given researchers compiling a Troubles archive at Boston College in America – tapes a US court ordered to be handed over to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Bell, from Ramoan Gardens in the Andersonstown district of west Belfast, was arrested on Tuesday.

Mrs McConville, 37, was abducted by the IRA at her home at Divis Flats, Belfast in December 1972, shot dead and then secretly buried.

The murder is one of the most notorious incidents of the Northern Ireland Troubles.

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