LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Two millionaire businessmen who gave money to help find Madeleine McCann refused today to contribute to the legal fight to clear her parents’ name, the Telegraph reports.
The couple’s official spokeswoman, Justine McGuinness, has also decided to step down, it emerged this afternoon. Exhaustion, and the McCanns’ need for a PR adviser with more legal experience, are said to be behind her decision.
Kate and Gerry McCann, 39, have hired top lawyers in Britain and Portugal after they were named official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance.
Detectives believe Mrs McCann may have accidentally killed her daughter and relied on her husband to help cover up the crime. Although the couple insist the claims are baseless, the cost of trying to clear the “cloud of suspicion” is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds.
Although the fighting fund set up to find Madeleine has raised more than £1 million, the trustees said the couple – who did not want to take the money anyway – would not be able to make use of the funds.