Veteran republican Ivor Bell to stand trial in connection with Jean McConville murder

Mrs McConville was interrogated, shot in the back of the head and secretly buried in 1972

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File photo dated 04/06/15 of Ivor Bell. Image: Picture by: Niall Carson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

A judge in Northern Ireland has ruled that veteran republican Ivor Bell from West Belfast will stand trial over his alleged involvement in the murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Mr Bell is charged with aiding and abetting the kidnap, killing and secret burial of Mrs McConville in 1972.

He denies the allegation, and also the charge of being a member of the IRA.

Mrs McConville, from Divis flats in West Belfast, was wrongly accused of passing information to the security forces.

She was interrogated, shot in the back of the head and secretly buried, becoming one of Northern Ireland's so-called 'Disappeared'.

Her remains were finally located 31 years later at a beach in Co Louth, 50 miles from her Belfast home.