Wednesday, 9 July 2008

British solicitor collecting funds to bring a private prosecution against the McCann

Tony Bennet, a British solicitor that tried before to take a private prosecution against Gerry and Kate, has set up an association – The Madeleine Foundation – to collect funds in order to bring a new private prosecution against Madeleine's parents, according to the Telegraph.

"We are a group of people, which is rapidly growing in number, who want to get to the truth of what happened to Madeleine. We will also campaign for changes to the law about parents who leave children on their own. If you go on the internet and look at some of the forums and blogs about Madeleine, there is a large and significant number of people who feel powerless and who want to do something about it,” Mr. Bennet told the Telegraph.

Madeleine's parents “fear members of the public will inadvertently donate money to it because they may mistake it for the McCanns' own Madeleine Fund, which pays for private investigations into her whereabouts,” says the Telegraph. The official website for the Madeleine Foundation will be on line soon, according to Mr. Bennet. Clarence Mitchell said it was “a great shame that Mr Bennett feels the need to make money out of Madeleine McCann” and criticised the fact that he “did not seek permission from Gerry or Kate to use Madeleine's name.”