PRESS AND MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday 17 MARCH 2009 1.00am
Controversial Madeleine Book to be sent to all 646 MPs
A booklet which gives details of 60 reasons which suggest that Madeleine McCann was not abducted is being sent this week to all MPs.
The booklet: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 reasons which suggest she was not abducted” was released in December and has sold 2,000 copies to date, purely online and through word-of-mouth promotion. The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell claimed the material in the booklet was libellous when extracts from it were first published on The Madeleine Foundation website on 20 October last year. However, author Tony Bennett wrote to the McCanns, their PR spokesman Clarence Mitchell and three of the McCanns’ many lawyers prior to publication, offering to correct any statement in the booklet that they could demonstrate to be incorrect. Nearly five months later, he has still not received a reply from any of them.
A £1,000 fund for the distribution of the booklet to MPs was raised within 48 hours over the weekend by members of the world’s leading online discussion forum about the Madeleine McCann case - ‘The 3 Arguidos’. Many of its members are concerned parents who fear that all aspects of the case have not been properly investigated.
The Madeleine Foundation shares the view of the original senior detective in the case, Goncalo Amaral, and his team, that Madeleine McCann died in the McCanns’ holiday apartment and her parents then arranged for the body to be hidden. That view is based on a number of strong lines of evidence. Britain’s top sniffer dogs, Eddie and Keela, trained by dog handler Martin Grime, detected the scent of a corpse in nine locations - four in the McCanns’ apartment, two in their hired Renault Scenic car, on two items of clothing belonging to Dr Kate MCCann, one of the children T-shirts, and on the soft pink toy known as ‘Cuddle Cat’. Dr Kate McCann refused to answer any of 48 questions put to her by the Portuguese police and the McCanns refused to attend a reconstruction the Portuguese police wanted to hold last spring.
Chairman of the Madeleine Foundation, Debbie Butler, said: “We’re grateful for the terrific response of dozens of members of the 3 Arguidos Forum, who raised the money for the distribution to MPs in just two days. There are many people all over the world who have been touched by the plight of Madeleine McCann, and who do not believe she was abducted. Our book gives a concise explanation of all the lines of evidence which point away from the McCanns’ claim of abduction. We are calling for there to be a public inquiry or inquest in Portugal into all the circumstances surrounding Madeleine’s ‘disappearance’. Our letter asks MPs to support our demand”
FURTHER INFORMATION & CONTACTS:
A translation of ‘60 Reasons’ in Spanish is on the Madeleine Foundation website, and a Dutch translation is also complete. Substantial parts of the booklet have already been translated into German and French.
We will be happy to supply a copy of the booklet “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann?” on request to any editor or journalist.
Chairman: Debbie Butler - 07867 887066
Secretary: Tony Bennett - 01279 635789 and 07835 716537
Madeleine Foundation: http://www.madeleinefoundation.org/
3 Arguidos: http://www.the3arguidos.net/
"What really happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted", (60pp) available £3 direct from me or £4 via PayPal on this Madeleine Foundation link: http://madeleinefoundation.org/main/our-book/
Discussion at the 3 arguidos: BBC News 60 reasons book
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