Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McCanns Sue Newspaper That Said They Killed Maddy; Accused: The Front Page of Portuguese Paper Tal & Qual, Whose Headline Says "PJ (Portuguese Police) Believe Maddy's Parents Killed Her" Hitting Back: Gerry and Kate McCann's Lawyers Are Filing for Defamation against Tabloid Paper Tal E Qual after Allegations Described as "Incredibly Hurtful and Untrue". Maddy, Left, Would Have Started School Yesterday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McCanns Sue Newspaper That Said They Killed Maddy; Accused: The Front Page of Portuguese Paper Tal & Qual, Whose Headline Says "PJ (Portuguese Police) Believe Maddy's Parents Killed Her" Hitting Back: Gerry and Kate McCann's Lawyers Are Filing for Defamation against Tabloid Paper Tal E Qual after Allegations Described as "Incredibly Hurtful and Untrue". Maddy, Left, Would Have Started School Yesterday

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Byline: CHRIS MILLAR

THE PARENTS of Madeleine McCann are to sue a downmarket Portuguesenewspaper which accused them of killing their daughter.

Lawyers for the McCanns said today they are filing for defamation followingpublication of a series of wild allegations in the tabloid weekly, Tal & Qual.

Their lawyers are to file a sevenpage claim, refuting the "untrue" allegationsmade by Tal & Qual journalist Catarina Vaz Guerreiro, which they say havecaused "suffering and humiliation".

Last week, Tal & Qual ran what it claimed was a "world exclusive", in which itquoted a "source close to the investigation" revealing supposed policesuspicions that the couple had killed their daughter, either through a fatalaccident or by giving her drugs.

The McCanns were particularly upset by a front-page banner headline stating:"PJ [the Portuguese police] believe Maddy's parents killed her." The storyclaimed: "Tal & Qual knows the PJ has strong indications that Madeleine isdead. The use of drugs may have been fatal. The forensic tests, which are latein arriving, are expected to confirm this..." In recent days, Kate and GerryMcCann have been increasingly critical of some sections of the Portuguesemedia.

Mr McCann stormed out of a Spanish television interview last weekend, inprotest at a series of question about the police investigation, a subject he isforbidden to discuss.

The couple were said to be "appalled" by claims made on Portuguese televisionby presenter Sandra Felgueiras, who implied they were under suspicion overtheir daughter's disappearance. Their spokeswoman said they were consideringlegal action over these claims, but today's move against Tal & Qual is theirfirst against the Portuguese media.

Mr McCann said earlier this week: "It is incredibly hurtful and incrediblyuntrue. …

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