Saturday

McCann lawyers, Carter Ruck, order Madeleine Foundation site removal


Lawyers for the parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann have demanded the removal of a website which claims their daughter is dead.

The Madeleine Foundation website has also been ordered to hand over leaflets published to support its claims.

The site alleges Madeleine was not abducted and that her parents bear some responsibility for her death.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she vanished from the Algarve holiday flat on 3 May 2007.

The spokesman for the McCann family, Clarence Mitchell, said: "Kate and Gerry have consistently made it clear they will not dignify the actions of the so-called Madeleine Foundation with any comment whatsoever."

But he said the position of the McCann lawyers - libel specialists Carter-Ruck - was "clear".

The Madeleine Foundation says it received legal letters from Carter-Ruck at the beginning of September.

A statement on the site says it has been given until Friday 18 September to reply to Carter-Ruck's letters, and was now taking legal advice.

Earlier this year, the McCanns decided to sue Portuguese police detective Goncalo Amaral for defamation.

The decision was taken in a bid to prevent further publication of Mr Amaral's "deeply offensive" book The Truth of the Lie and his television documentary.

Mr Amaral led the inquiry into the Madeleine's disappearance but was taken off the case in October 2007.

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Source: BBC News
Joint statement from Debbie Butler and Tony Butler regarding Carter Ruck
Leaflet that caused anger in downloadable PDF form
More Madeleine Foundation articles here
Gonçalo Amaral: The Maddie affair: The parents did it (and here's a few reasons why he says that)


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A comment from the Missing Madeleine forum:

Can Carter Ruck or anybody else for that matter PROVE in court of law that Madeleine was abducted in order to carry out their THREATS? Take it all the way TB. Get them to PROVE that Madeleine was actually abducted and is still alive if they can because if they cannot PROVE it how can publicly questioning and doubting their "abduction theory" be libellous? For something to be libellous is has to be an untruth so how can Madeleine's fate be untrue if it her fate cannot be PROVEN?