Madeleine McCann’s parents are still paying legal fees after suing a Portuguese detective who said they were responsible for their daughter’s death.
Madeleine disappeared on a family vacation in Portugal in May 2007. She was only three years old at the time.
Madeleine would now be 18 – and her parents Kate and Gerry have revealed that they will never give up looking for her.
What did the detective say about Madeleine McCann’s parents?
In a 2008 book, Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral claimed that Kate and Gerry accidentally killed Maddie and covered it up by pretending to have been kidnapped.
He was part of the team investigating her disappearance.
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The couple won an initial libel suit after challenging their outrageous claims.
However, the decision was overturned and it was also upheld by another court.
According to the Daily mailNew documents show that the couple are still facing ongoing charges as part of the longstanding libel suit.
How much did they pay out?
Two years ago, court records revealed that McCanns had spent £ 29,500 on legal fees on the case.
Since then, they have paid out an additional charge of £ 4,229.
The European Court of Human Rights will shortly decide on a further legal remedy.
And if the McCanns lose their right to appeal, they’ll have to pay even more for the detective’s legal fees.
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The money comes from Madeleine’s fund: Let No Stone Unturned Limited.
It funds the couple’s tireless search for their daughter.
And it seems that the case, as well as the allegations, hurt the couple a lot.
A friend said, “It just keeps dragging on. You take one step forward and two two steps back.
“It has scared them so much over the years and they just want to draw a line under it.”
The friend added that the couple are not out to win damages, only that their “fight for justice” be granted.
“It was never about seeking compensation, it was simply about preventing false and malicious allegations from being made. They still have no idea whether or not their calling will be granted in their struggle for justice, ”they added.
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