Thursday, 13 September 2007

“Find Madeleine” Fund gaves up search for Madeleine's abductors

The board of "Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited" issued a statement yesterday, where they say that “with the sudden dramatic and unexpected turn of events at the weekend the directors had to consider whether legal defence costs could be paid for by the fund.”

Those payments, according to the statement, would be legally permissible subject to conditions about repayment in the event of a guilty conviction.” However, the Board of Directors “realise that there is not only a legal answer and recognise the spirit which underlies the generous donations to Madeleine's Fund, which it is the directors' responsibility to steer.”

Because of that, the “the fund directors have decided not to pay for Gerry and Kate's legal defence costs.” About what will happen to the money, the fund directors remembered that “Madeleine's Fund was set up to find Madeleine, support the family and bring the abductor or abductors to justice, and subject to that to help other missing children.”

From now on, the statement concludes, “this fund's money will be focused on finding that little girl and leaving no stone unturned.”

Duarte Levy, in Rothley and Paulo Reis, in Lisbon