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McCanns and Tapas 7: NHS doctors turn child neglect into a lucrative business


Sky's Crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "The Tapas 7, friends of Kate and Gerry McCann - those who were on holiday with them in Portugal last year - are to receive apologies tomorrow morning in the High Court from Express Newspapers, and they will share a payout of £375,000.

"I'm told an apology will be read out in the court and then there'll be statements from the McCanns and the 'Tapas 7' lawyers.

"There will also be apologies in the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers and we can expect something similar in the Sunday Express."

"The friends had complained about around two dozen articles in which they claimed they were libelled; accusations that they had covered up the truth of what had happened to Madeleine, allegations that they had obstructed the authorities and even allegations that one of them had been involved in Madeleine's disappearance," said Brunt.

"This is the third time this year newspapers have agreed a settlement.

"The first settlement was against Express Newspapers - they were forced to pay out just over £500,000 to Kate and Gerry McCann for more than 100 defamatory articles.

"In July, a number of newspaper groups were involved in an even bigger payout - around £600,000 - to Robert Mural, the first suspect in the case, who was subsequently cleared of suspicion by the Portuguese authorities.
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Martin Brunt's blog here
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Sky Breaking News 15.10.08 - TAPAS 7 to get £375,000 MERGED
MONEY MONEY MONEY MAKES CHILD NEGLECT GO AROUND
It will be a devious ploy by the Express Group
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Some comments from Sky

Sky did the files prove that the tapas were telling the truth?the express thinks they were .
Posted By :kazcut Report This

UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By :Sophie Report This

Why are they that worried about money? The apology should be enough. If these "Tapas 7" were genuine and respectable then they'd donate all the money to a missing childrens fund. It sickens me that all the McCanns and Tapas 7 are about is publicity and money - maybe they should try looking for Madeline a bit better if its true they dont know what happened to her.
Posted By :Luke Report This

Madeline is dead because these people wanted to go for a drink and some food and didnt take advantage of the on site baby sitting facilities and somehow they walk away with a massive payout!! i hope the money makes them feel as hollow as they really are. at least they got to clear their names, eh?
Posted By :Mark Report This

Perhaps these same people that tried their hardest to frame Mr.Murat will be able to afford to go back to Portugal for the reconstruction now.
Posted By :A.K.Westwood Report This

Nice wages for leaving your kids alone while you go out partying. Perhaps we should all try it.
Posted By :Gary Report This

Blah Blah Blah.... Lets all tell lies and cover up stories and get paid for it...
Posted By: SallyReport This