20 March 2008
McCanns respond to libel settlement
Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing youngster Madeleine McCann who disappeared in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz last May, have welcomed a recent libel settlement.
The couple, who were not present at the high court in London for the hearing, stated they were pleased that Express Newspapers had admitted the "utter falsity" of articles it published concerning the family.
They have been awarded £550,000 in damages from the newspaper group, which will be put towards the Find Madeleine campaign.
Express Newspapers said it had been wrong to suggest that the couple were responsible for the death of their daughter.
The pair's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, read out a statement following the case which said: "We are pleased that Express Newspapers have today admitted the utter falsity of the numerous grotesque and grossly defamatory allegations that their titles published about us on a sustained basis over many months."