Monday, September 10, 2007

McCanns May Not Be Able to Use Madeleine's Fund For Their Legal Costs

Kate and Gerry McCann's troubles increase as social workers are reportedly planning to look into the welfare of their twins, their village is under media siege, and it appears that the donations to Madeleine's Fund can't be used to fund their legal costs.

As the world awaits word of whether or not Portugese officials will charge either or both of the McCanns in the disappearance of their daughter, a debate also rages over what kind of DNA was found in their rental car and its meaning. The car, rented 25 days after Madeleine's disappearance from the family's luxury vaction villa, reportedly has more than one DNA sample related to the little girl.

Kate and Gerry McCann face being stopped from paying their mounting legal bills out of the £1 million of public donations to the campaign to find their missing daughter.

As the couple engaged two of Britain’s top criminal lawyers and a leading Portuguese lawyer, the trustees of Madeleine’s Fund were still considering whether the fund could pay for their legal bills in Portugal and London after they were made official suspects in their daughter disappearance.

The trustees are understood to fear a possible backlash from some people who made donations as well as possible legal challenges to the use of the fund for such a controversial purpose.

A family friend said: “The fund is looking into whether it can legally pay for the legal advice that is currently being given to Kate and Gerry.”

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