18 April 2008
Suspect in McCann case launches libel proceedings
A suspect in the case of missing girl Madeleine McCann has initiated libel proceedings against 11 newspapers and one television station, it has been revealed.
Robert Murat is demanding damages from the 12 media outlets, which include Sky, the Daily Star, the Metro, the Daily Express, the Sun and the News of the World.
The 34-year-old was the first formal suspect in the case and has denied any involvement in her disappearance, which has been widely publicised since she went missing in May last year from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz.
Mr Murat has been the subject of intense media scrutiny since that time.
Last month, Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry received £550,000 in libel damages from Express Newspapers as a result of articles published which suggested that the couple were responsible for the death of their daughter.
The newspaper group admitted it had been wrong to publish the stories.