Remember that Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams, head of the Sinn Fein political party who once stayed at the Clinton White House? Yeah, him. He’s being held on murder charges.
A report by Yahoo! News says that Adams turned himself in to the Antrim police station and was promptly arrested.
The crime in question is the murder of Jean McConville in 1972, described as “a 37 -year-old mother of 10.”
Adams has previously denied being connected to her murder in any way, although in 1999 the IRA admitted involvement. The Sinn Fein is a former political wing of the IRA.
On a brighter note, back in 1995, President Clinton invited Adams to a White House reception and notably shook his hand at Congress’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. At the time, according to a report in the NYT, Clinton was under “tremendous pressure” from British Prime Minister John Major to not offer Adams a warm embrace. Luncheon guests dined on boiled corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, soda bread and lime sherbet.
In 1994, Clinton granted Adams a 48-hour visa, allowing him to come to the U.S. and speak at a conference in New York. The visa stipulated that Adams could not travel more than 25 miles outside of New York. At the time, Clinton’s move was opposed by the State Department, the FBI, and the CIA, as well as the speaker of the House. Then-National Security Advisor Anthony Lake approved the plan.