PSNI moves to get all tapes from Boston project
Published 23/05/2014 | 02:30
POLICE in the North have moved to seek all the material compiled as part of the controversial US oral history project that detectives used to quiz Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams about a notorious IRA murder.
The PSNI last year won a legal battle to secure taped interviews with former paramilitaries contained in the Boston College Belfast Project that specifically referred to the killing of mother-of-10 Jean McConville in 1972.
But the material handed over only accounted for a small portion of the entire archive.
Dozens of former paramilitaries – both loyalists and republicans – gave accounts of their involvement in the Troubles on the understanding that their interviews would not be made public until after their deaths.
But that assurance was undermined when a US judge ordered that audio tapes that referenced Mrs McConville be handed over to detectives from the PSNI.
The police said they would now pursue the rest of the collection.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: "This is in line with PSNI's statutory duty to investigate fully all matters of serious crime, including murder."
US television network NBC is also trying to secure access to the archive on the grounds of public interest.
Mr Adams, who vehemently denies any involvement in Mrs McConville's murder, was quizzed by detectives for four days earlier this month.
Prosecutors have been asked to assess a police file to decide if any charges will ultimately be brought against the Sinn Fein president.
Mr Adams has claimed most of the evidence detectives presented to him in Antrim police station about Mrs McConville's death was based on allegations levelled by project interviewees, two of whom were the now deceased former IRA members Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price.