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  • 8 May 2014, 13:32

Gerry Adams Lodges Formal Complaint About Arrest

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has made a formal complaint to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) about aspects of his recent "interrogation".

The politician was released on Sunday night after being detained in connection with the murder of IRA victim Jean McConville.

He denies any involvement in the 1972 murder of the mother-of-10 and other alleged links with the IRA.

The former West Belfast MP dismissed claims from former republican colleagues that he ordered her abduction and death - and described his arrest as a "sham".

Writing for the Guardian, he said police told him there was "new evidential material" before his arrest and that he was being accused of conspiracy to murder Mrs McConville.

The 65-year-old also said he was told police would be outlining a case that he had a senior managerial role within the IRA in Belfast at the time Mrs McConville was taken and that he was therefore bound to know about her killing.

"Over the following four days it became clear that the objective was to get to the point where they could charge me with IRA membership and thereby link me to the McConville case," he wrote.

"The membership charge was clearly their principal goal."

Mr Adams said police claims that he was an IRA member were based on his family background and anonymous newspaper articles from the early 1970s, "photographs of Martin McGuinness and me at republican funerals, and books about the period".

He said police suggested he had been recruited by police Special Branch and that he became an agent for MI5.

"I am innocent of any involvement in the abduction, killing or burial of Mrs McConville, or of IRA membership. I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will, but I am not uncritical of IRA actions and particularly the terrible injustice inflicted on Mrs McConville and her family," he wrote.

"I very much regret what happened to them and their mother and understand the antipathy they feel towards republicans."

He condemned his arrest as an assault on the peace process and said that during his interrogation no new evidential material was produced, or evidence of any kind.

Mr Adams said: "When I was being released I made a formal complaint about aspects of my interrogation.

"My arrest and the very serious attempt to charge me with IRA membership is damaging to the peace process and the political institutions."

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