LAWFUEL – Celebrity businessman Sir Richard Branson is giving £100,000 to a fund to assist Kate and Gerry McCann with their legal costs, the BBC reports.
His spokeswoman said: “He wants to give them a chance to have a fair hearing.”
The McCanns, from Leicestershire, have been named suspects in the inquiry into the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine in Portugal on 3 May.
They are being advised by Michael Caplan QC, who fought efforts to extradite General Pinochet. Sir Richard is asking other rich people to donate.
“Over the last few weeks Richard has been watching events as they have unfolded,” said his spokeswoman. “There is a whole family involved here. When the McCanns made it known that under no circumstances would they touch the Find Madeleine fund, and discussed selling their house, Richard felt something had to be done.”