Crown wants veteran republican on trial
of the evidence against an accused, was met, Judge Adrian Colton at Belfast Crown Court was told.
Mr Bell faces two counts of soliciting the IRA abduction and killing of the Belfast mother-of-10 in 1972, but the court has heard medical evidence his condition means he would not be able to participate fully in proceedings.
Mr Bell, from west Belfast, denies charges connected to the case.
His counsel Desmond Hutton said to proceed to trial would be “oppressive”.