Adams arrest ‘deliberate attempt to influence elections’ - McGuinness

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Martin McGuinness has described the arrest of Sinn Fein Party Leader Gerry Adams for the murder of Jean McConville as a “deliberate attempt to influence the outcome of the elections due to take place all over this island in three weeks”.

Speaking last night at the Derry launch of the Sinn Féin EU Campaign Mr McGuinness said: “The PSNI could have arrested Gerry Adams at any time and certainly since they took possession of the so called Boston tapes last year. “Gerry Adams offered to meet the PSNI a month ago. The PSNI choose to wait until three weeks before election.”

He described the arrest as an an attempt by ‘people on the dark side of policing’to ‘flex their muscles’ adding “these developments cannot be divorced form the wider political climate.

“Only three weeks ago, the British secretary of State declares that there is too much focus on the killings carried out by British forces. There are clearly elements within the PSNI who share that view.”

“I am not suggesting that the PSNI leadership is involved in targeting Gerry Adams but there are clearly elements within the PSNI who remain wedded to the old and failed agenda of political policing.

“This is not surprising in the context of our very fraught history and the particularly negative role performed by the RUC as the arm of the orange state through decades of political repression.

“Confronting political and partisan policing was and remains a key element in the peace process. It is one of many legacy issues which we have continued to highlight and which even today our representatives on the policing board are discussed with the PSNI leadership.”

Mr McGuinness went on to say “I’m very proud that Gerry Adams is my colleague, my friend and my party leader.

“I have been very close to the peace process over 20 years and in my opinion Gerry Adams is the single most important person in bringing about the transformation, which has taken us to where we are today.”