If the arrest of Gerry Adams comes as a surprise to some, it will not come as a surprise to him. News of his questioning by the PSNI over the murder of Jean McConville has gone global already, but we must not forget that the “arrest” was not made by force, and that the Sinn Fein President was not caught while attempting to evade capture. As he said himself, he had already indicated his willingness to meet with the police to discuss the McConville case, and his presenting himself at Antrim Police Station was “voluntary.”
Nearly everyone will have an opinion on this controversy, and not a few will have passed sentence already. Mr Adams still maintains that he is innocent of any involvement in one of the most notorious killings. Deceased IRA compatriots, Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price maintained the opposite. Whether or not the veteran republican is charged in connection with Jean McConville’s abduction and death remains to be seen. We should “judge nothing before the time” (1 Cor.4:5).
However, at the same time it is incumbent on those republicans who have played down the seriousness of this case, to show remorse for their hardness. Who can forget Mitchel McLaughlin’s arrogant assertion that Jean McConville’s killing was not a criminal act, given the context of the Troubles and the claim she was a spy? Talk about a grievous injustice! It is two fingers up in the face of the McConville family.
In the final analysis, no one can be on the run from justice for ever. Conscience will have a resurrection and God will “bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts” (1 Cor.4:5).