Both myself and some members of The Madeleine Foundation Committee have now had an opportunity to view your letter.
This follows my telephone call to you from Bournemouth at 10.42am on Friday 16 July and my voicemail message left at 1.28pm the same day, to neither of which you responded.
In response to your letter e-mailed to me at 6.10pm on Thursday 15 July:
(1) The ’48 Questions’ video with myself reading out the 48 questions that your client Dr. Kate McCann refused to answer on 7 September 2007 does not seem to us to be capable of being construed as libellous. Not only is it merely the reading out of the questions she refused to answer, but I took the specific precaution in the introduction to the video, acting on legal advice, to put your client’s point of view, namely:
a) that she had the right to remain silent (under both Portuguese and British law) and was acting on legal advice, and
b) that she believed the Portuguese Police were in error in suspecting her and her husband of any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine, and were not therefore looking for Madeleine as she believed they should have been.
Your letter asks me to ”Remove the video referred to above from YouTube’.
The video was taken down by YouTube during Friday 16 July. Your letter urged us to ‘seek legal advice upon this letter…’ I am in the process of seeking legal advice and that will include advice on whether that YouTube video is libellous.
(2) You asked for the leaflet about Mr Goncalo Amaral ‘to be removed from our website(s)’. The Madeleine Foundation Committee agreed to remove this last night, and where the downloadable version used to be, there is now the following notice:
“On 15th July Carter Ruck asked us to remove this downloadable leaflet on Goncalo Amaral. We have agreed to this request pending receipt of legal advice”.
(3) You objected to a paragraph in a posting I made on 4 July this year on a forum run by Jill Havern, at this link.
I have taken immediate action to remove the paragraph you objected to and the following notice now appears on Mrs Havern’s forum instead of the offending paragraph:
NOTE: The first sentence of this posting has been removed following legal objections to it raised by Mr Stevie Loughrey of Carter-Ruck in a lettter I received from them on 15 July 2010.
(4) In the light of your letter, an urgent review of the content of The Madeleine Foundation website has been undertaken, and last night additional material and links have been removed where there was a doubt in our minds as to whether any material could be construed as libellous.
I shall address the remainder of your letter as soon as practicable and of course after taking the legal advice which you urge me to take in the final sentence of your letter.
Finally, your letter is marked: ‘STRICTLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL’. I should like to advise you that a vociferous and regular supporter of your client on the internet, namely ‘muratfan’, whom we believe to be Mr Ian West of Norwich, is boasting that he has read your letter.