Jean McConville murder: Woman released pending PPS report

Jean McConville and family Widow Jean McConville left behind 10 children after her murder by the IRA

A 57-year-old woman arrested in west Belfast over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville has been released pending a report to the PPS.

Mrs McConville, a widowed mother-of-10, was one of the Disappeared.

She was taken from her west Belfast flat by the IRA, murdered and secretly buried. Her body was found 35 years later at a beach in County Louth.

Last month, Ivor Bell, 77, a leader in the Provisional IRA in the 1970s, was charged in connection with the murder.

He has been charged with aiding and abetting murder and membership of the IRA.

A 56-year-old man arrested last week over the murder was released without charge.

Mrs McConville, 37, was kidnapped in front of her children after being wrongly accused of being an informer.

The claim that she was an informer was dismissed after an official investigation by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman

She was held at one or more houses before being shot and buried in secret.

The Disappeared are those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.

The IRA admitted in 1999 that it murdered and buried at secret locations nine of the Disappeared.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains was established in 1999 by a treaty between the British and Irish governments.

It lists 16 people as "disappeared". Despite extensive searches, the remains of seven of them have not been found.

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