Sinn Fein's Adams won't face prosecution over 1972 murder - prosecutors

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 8:35 AM

BELFAST (Reuters) - Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams will not face prosecution over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville, Northern Ireland's public prosecution service said on Tuesday, more than a year after he was briefly arrested over the killing.

The Public Prosecution Service said in a statement there would be no further prosecutions in relation to the killing.

"We have given careful consideration to the evidence currently available ... and have concluded that it is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of obtaining a conviction against any of them for a criminal offense," the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Pamela Atchison, said in a statement.

Northern Ireland police detained 66-year-old Adams, the leader of Northern Ireland's second-largest party Sinn Fein, for four days in May 2014 in relation to the murder of McConville, who was abducted by the Irish Republican Army in front of her children from a nationalist area.

The detention of Adams, who said he was "innocent of any part" in the murder, raised tensions among Northern Ireland's power-sharing government and its fragile peace.

(Reporting by Amanda Ferguson; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Hugh Lawson)