Madeleine McCann was made a ward of court weeks
after she went missing
Gerry McCann will ask a High Court judge to order police to
release documents which they hope will help in the search
last night their missing daughter was made a ward of court
last summer at her parents' request so judges could act in
her best interests in any legal dispute.
have now applied to the court to consider ordering
Leicestershire Police to disclose their files on scores of
reported sightings of their missing daughter - many of which
have been passed on to them by police in Portugal.
four-year-old disappeared on a family holiday in Praia da
Luz last year, sparking a world-wide search.
the McCanns' local police force in the UK has not provided
the couple with information about sightings, because they
are understood to be bound by an agreement with Portuguese
Mr and Mrs
McCann, who have retained a Spanish-based detective agency
to work on Madeleine's disappearance, want to make sure
every possible lead has been followed-up.
the police files will contain information about sightings,
or leads which may lead to a breakthrough.
will be heard in the High Court on July 7 in the Family
Division. However, it is not known if it will be heard in
open court because Madeleine is a minor, and has protected
status as a ward of court.
Mitchell, the McCann's spokesman, said: 'It has come to our
attention that some details of court proceedings concerning
Madeleine have been made public. This is regrettable.'
Still searching: Kate and Gerry McCann
'At the instigation of Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine was
made a ward of the High Court of England and Wales.
application has been made on Madeleine's behalf by her
parents for disclosure of certain documents.
Gerry have always said that they will do whatever is
necessary to find Madeleine and that they will leave no
stone unturned in their search for their daughter.'
remain official suspects, or arguidos, in Portugal. They
have become frustrated at the slow progress of the
Portuguese investigation and they are concerned possible
sightings of Madeleine have not been followed up.
If they are
given access to the police files details of possible leads
could be passed to Metodo 3, the investigators hired by the
McCanns, to follow-up.
made an application for Madeleine to be made a ward of court
weeks after she went missing on May 3 last year.
advised to do this because wardship status gives the courts
certain statutory powers to act on her behalf in legal
disputes, such as the one that has arisen over the police
this week it emerged the McCanns will finally be told what
evidence police have against them next month.
will be given full access to the confidential case files on
the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
the files will allow the McCanns - desperate to clear their
status as 'arguidos' or official suspects - to begin
building a defence and demand that they are cleared.
Madeleine McCann has been missing since 3 May