CBS interview with Gerry Adams accuser sought by Northern Ireland police
British authorities launch new effort in U.S. to prove Adams was in IRA
Police in Northern Ireland want to seize interview material from CBS News in New York relating to claims that Gerry Adamswas an IRA leader as calls are made for his accuser Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price to be arrested.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) now want to seize material and interview notes from the Sunday Telegraph and the CBS network after recent claims by Price the Guardian newspaper is reporting.
Convicted bomber Price has again claimed thatSinn Fein PresidentGerry Adamswas the IRA leader who ordered her to drive Jean McConville, a suspected informer, across the border to her murder by the Provisionals, in December 1972.
Adamsdefenders have pointed out that Price, former wife of actor Stephen Rea, has major mental problems and has been arrested on several occasions for drunkenness and has allegedly made suicide attempts.
The Guardian is reporting that the PSNI is to seek to obtain notes and video footage from the Sunday Telegraph paper and the New York based CBS television station in relation to the allegations made by Price.
In a recent interview she claimed that Adams was in charge of a specialist IRA unit that ‘disappeared’ and killed mother of 10 Jean McConville.
The PSNI has already gone legal in America in a bid to force the US Supreme Court to order Boston College to hand over tapes from a series of interviews led by Irish journalist Ed Moloney.
The tapes include testimony from Price about her time in theIRA.
Moloney has claimed that the PSNI’s latest move proves police in Northern Ireland are now ‘laying siege’ to journalism.
The director of the Belfast Project for Boston College told the Guardian that he sincerely hoped both CBS and the Sunday Telegraph would resist police attempts to subpoena their material.
He said: “Clearly this case is developing into a major assault on privacy. Not content with assailing academic rights, the PSNI are now set to lay siege to the media as well. Where will this stop?
“It is clear that the PSNI is substituting the efforts of journalists for basic detective work.”
A spokesperson for the PSNI confirmed on Friday that they are making new moves in the McConville case.
The spokesperson said: “We are pursuing all lines of inquiry in relation to the murder of Jean McConville.”
The Guardian reveals that this includes the most up to date interview with Dolours Price, the former Old Bailey bomber who now lives in North Dublin.
CBS also confirmed that it had received a letter from the PSNI about the Price interview. A spokesman said: “We are looking into the issues raised in the letter.”
The Sunday Telegraph declined to comment but it is understood the PSNI has been in contact with the paper.
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