22 Mar 2014

IRA man charged over 1977 murder

10:09 pm on 22 March 2014

A prominent Irish Republican has been charged in Northern Ireland in connection with the killing of a Belfast woman who was shot and secretly buried by the IRA in 1972.

Ivor Bell - who is 77 years old - was alleged to have been a top commander in the IRA at the time, the BBC reports.

He's been charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Jean McConville, a single mother who was abducted in front of her 10 children.