McCanns 'patsy' Robert Murat wins libel pay-out from Sky

Robert Murat has accepted undisclosed libel damages from British Sky Broadcasting over its reporting of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

His case related to allegations there were strong grounds for believing he had abducted her in Portugal last year.

Mr Murat, 34, who was not at London's High Court for the settlement, has always denied any involvement and has had his status as a suspect lifted.

Sky apologised for publishing the false allegations and the distress caused.

Mr Murat's solicitor, Louis Charalambous, told Mr Justice Eady on Friday that his client's action resulted from an article and video on the Sky News website making allegations about his behaviour around the time Madeleine disappeared.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, has not been seen since disappearing during a family holiday to Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007.

She was days away from her fourth birthday.

Mr Charalambous told the judge the allegations made by Sky were entirely untrue and it was accepted that Mr Murat had had no involvement whatever in the abduction of Madeleine.

He said: "[Sky] acknowledges that Mr Murat's actions after the abduction were entirely proper and were motivated by a desire to help find Madeleine McCann."

He said that Sky's apology would appear on its website for 12 months.

Outside court, Mr Charalambous said the settlement represented the final stage of Mr Murat's claims against those sections of the British media "which defamed him so terribly".

"He has been entirely successful and vindicated," he said.

In July Mr Murat, 34, received a record settlement of £600,000 over "seriously defamatory" allegations in nearly 100 newspaper articles concerning the case.

He had sued Associated Newspapers, Express Newspapers, MGN Limited and News Group Newspapers.

Source: BBC News

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