The Madeline McCann Foundation secretary, Tony Bennett, has been jailed for publishing claims about the parents of the missing girl.
Bennett has been given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for a year and has been ordered to pay Kate and Gerry McCann’s court costs.
The 65-year-old was found to have breached an earlier court undertaking not to publish allegations linking Madeleine’s parents with her disappearance.
The former political candidate set up ‘The Madeline Foundation’ (TMF) three months after the toddler’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Portugal to fund a private prosecution for alleged child neglect.
Bennett published the 60 page booklet: “What really happened to Madeleine McCann? – 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted”, which was effectively banned by the McCanns as the result of a High Court Order in November 2009.
Despite facing charges from the McCann’s in 2009, The Madeline Foundation published a longer version of “60 Reasons” titled “The Madeleine McCann Case File, which is still on sale.
The foundation has also released their campaign for the “Madeline Law”, a law to enforce the supervision of children at all times.
The foundation had this to say
“One of the key issues raised by what happened to Madeleine McCann was the question of whether it was right or wrong to leave three children all under the age of four on their own, whether for three hours, half an hour, or five minutes.
“We feel that a fitting way to remember Madeleine, whether she was abducted, or something else happened would be to tighten up the law so that all parents would be left in no doubt whatsoever that you should never leave young children on their own.”