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Provos not guilty of war crimes -- Adams

SINN Fein president Gerry Adams last night described the IRA practice of killing and burying its victims in secret locations as a "huge mistake", but categorically refused to accept it was a war crime.

Speaking on RTE's 'Prime Time', Mr Adams appealed to anyone with information on people abducted and killed by the IRA between 1972 and 1986, and their bodies secretly buried, to come forward.

"I know it was a huge mistake by the IRA and a particularly sad phase of the conflict. It is one of the great unresolved, uncorrected injustices done by Republicans," he said.

"The IRA has publicly apologised for this and sought people to bring information forward. My focus is to give these families the Christian burials they deserve."

Mr Adams again denied having any involvement in the killing and disappearance of Belfast mother of 10 Jean McConville in 1972, who was abducted, killed and secretly buried by the IRA in Co Louth.

He again denied being a member of the IRA.

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