LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The parents of missing Madeleine McCann will not seek to use money raised for the fund to find her to pay for their legal defence, a spokesman said.
Kate and Gerry McCann have appointed top lawyers in Portugal and Britain after being named as formal suspects in their daughter’s disappearance.
Speaking from the McCanns’ home village of Rothley in Leicestershire, family spokesman David Hughes said: “They have decided not to seek to use those funds for their legal support.”
Donations totalling £1,036,104.17 have so far been received for Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned, according to the official campaign website.
The fund – which for legal reasons is not a charity – has four objectives, one of which is “to provide support, including financial assistance, to Madeleine’s family”.
There was controversy about whether or not Mr and Mrs McCann would use money from the fund to pay their legal costs after it became clear police suspected them of involvement in her disappearance.