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9 Jan 2009

Tony Bennett of 'The Madeleine Foundation' threatened with death by Team McMafia supporter

An email put a price on Anthony Bennett’s head. The police was alerted but have yet to find those responsible. The lawyer has his own suspicions…

The early days at the Madeleine Foundation weren’t easy. Anthony Bennett was even seriously threatened, confronted with an anonymous email that left him frightened.

“This time you went too far. We know where you live and within two weeks there will be blood at your door and fallen people on your doorstep. You will be very lucky if you manage to survive”. Thus read the electronic message that was dictated to us over the phone by Bennett himself, received in late October.

“I’m convinced that it was sent by fervent supporters of the McCann couple. I just don’t know exactly by whom”, the British lawyer told 24Horas.

The case was immediately presented to the police authorities, that haven’t managed to discover who sent the email yet. But from the outset, the authorities warned Bennett to be careful: “They even offered me protection, which I refused because I didn’t deem it necessary”.

Another measure that was taken by the police was the interception of all phone calls that were made to the Foundation and to the mobile phones of its main members. The intention is to immediately detect anyone who calls to scare Anthony Bennett and the collaborators – which hasn’t happened until now. “They placed the phones under surveillance in order to prevent a possible incident”, Anthony Bennett specified.

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