BBC NEWS | UK | McCanns to sue Portuguese officerThe family of missing English girl Madeline McCann are to sue a portuguese police officer. The police officer allegedly stated that Madeline was dead and that the parents were involved in concealing her body:
The parents of Madeleine McCann are to sue former Portuguese police detective Goncalo Amaral for defamation, according to their spokesman.
He said Kate and Gerry McCann are to take action over "entirely unfounded and grossly defamatory claims".
Mr Amaral led the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine, but was removed from the case in October 2007.
Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she vanished from the Algarve holiday flat on 3 May 2007.
In a statement, the parents of the missing girl said: "We - together with our three children Madeleine, Sean and Amelie - are taking this legal action against Goncalo Amaral over his entirely unfounded and grossly defamatory claims."
"[They were] made in all types of media, both within Portugal and beyond - that Madeleine is not only dead, but that we, her parents, were somehow involved in concealing her body."
Suggestions that they were involved appear to be unfounded and therefore out of order. However, it always amazes how more questions have not been raised about their parenting on the night in question. I think that if a poor, working class family had gone socialising leaving their children unattended, then they would have been facing serious allegations of neglect.