LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The Madeleine McCann disappearance took another legal turn today with the announcement of a libel action by Madeleine’s parents against a Portugese newspaper that claimed they killed the missing four-year-old.
The BBC reports that last week, Tal & Qual reported that the “police believe” Kate and Gerry McCann killed her, with the paper suggesting Madeleine may have died in an accident.
The McCanns’ lawyers will file for defamation, saying the “untrue” story had caused “suffering and humiliation”.
Police have stressed that the McCanns, of Rothley, Leics, are not suspects.
Four-year-old Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Algarve, on 3 May while her parents were eating at a nearby restaurant.
Earlier this month the police said there were indications that Madeleine might have died.
The newspaper’s front-page story, headlined “The police believe the parents killed Maddie”, claimed the couple had either caused a fatal accident or given drugs to their daughter.