By Dominique van Heerden
“I reject absolutely any allegation made against me”, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview following four days in police custody in connection with the 1972 abduction and killing of mother of ten Jean McConville.
He was released without charge on Sunday.
“I am innocent of any involvement whatsoever in any conspiracy or of any of the events including the abduction, the killing, or the burial of Mrs Jean McConville” he told Amanpour, adding that he went to the Police Services of Northern Ireland voluntarily.
“When this became a matter of public speculation two months ago I contacted PSNI through my solicitor and said I was available to talk to them.”
Adams, 65, has long denied having any role in the death of McConville, a widow who was killed by the IRA four decades ago because the group believed she was a spy for the British army.
Following her exclusive interview with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, Christiane Amanpour spoke to Ed Moloney, a journalist who ran the so-called Belfast Project at Boston College in the United States – a collection of interviews forming an oral history of the Troubles. Adams was detained largely on the basis of the allegations made in these interviews.
Click above to watch Amanpour's interview with Ed Moloney.