Sinn Féin has announced its leader Gerry Adams is being questioned by police in Northern Ireland over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville, a 37-year-old widowed mother of ten.
Detectives confirmed they have arrested a 65-year-old man in connection with the case.
McConville was one of Northern Ireland’s so-called “Disappeared”, the name given to people abducted, murdered and secretly buried by Republicans during the Troubles.
She was kidnapped in front of her children after being accused of informing on the IRA.
Some 16 names are listed among the “Disappeared”. Seven of them have never been found.
Jean McConville’s body was retrieved from a beach in County Louth in 2003.
Prior to his arrest, Adams released a statement saying he was “innocent of any part” in her death, considered one of the most controversial crimes of Northern Ireland’s sectarian violence.
Ivor Bell, a leader in the Provisional IRA was last month charged with aiding and abetting the murder.