14-09-07

Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited !


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Statement by the Board of Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited

The Fund would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and generosity.
Madeleine’s Fund was set up to:
Find Madeleine;
Support the Family;
Bring the abductor or abductors to justice and subject to that to help other missing children.

With the sudden dramatic and unexpected turn of events at the weekend the directors had to consider whether legal defence costs could be paid for by the Fund.

The Board has taken advice from Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP and Christopher McCall QC. The Board has been advised that payment of Gerry and Kate’s legal defence costs would be legally permissible subject to conditions about repayment in the event of a guilty conviction.

The directors of the Fund discussed this today. The two family directors, Brian Kennedy and John McCann withdrew from the meeting when the decision was made. Esther Mcvey chaired the meeting.

The Fund directors realise that there is not only a legal answer and recognise the spirit which underlies the generous donations to Madeleine’s Fund, which it is the directors’ responsibility to steer.

For this reason the Fund directors have decided not to pay for Gerry and Kate’s legal defence costs. We stress that Gerry and Kate have not asked for these costs to be paid. However, people have already called in offering their financial support. Any such fund to pay legal defence costs would have to be separately set up and administered.

At the heart of this campaign and Fund is a little girl confused, lonely and in need of her parents. This Fund’s money will be focused on finding that little girl and leaving no stone unturned.

12 September 2007

http://www.findmadeleine.com/fund/

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Interpol - Crimes against children
Children are the most vulnerable individuals in our society; they are also the most precious commodity that the world has and have a right to be protected from all forms of abuse. INTERPOL as an organization is also committed to eradicating the sexual abuse of children and has passed several resolutions making crimes against children one of International policing top priorities.

INTERPOL's involvement in the investigation of offences against children began in 1989 following the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. To prevent a crime and especially prevent a child from being abused is the goal of all law enforcement agencies. To reach this goal, INTERPOL is working globally with several partners raising awareness and focuses on the need to act locally and think globally addressing the abuse of children committed by those who travel beyond borders. INTERPOL’s Specialist Group on Crimes against Children focuses on four different arenas; commercial exploitation and trafficking in Children; sex offenders; serious violent crimes against children and child pornography, and represent a worldwide forum of specialist dealing with this type of crimes.

INTERPOL also have activities in the different regions of the world to ensure that law enforcement officers understand the need to act upon requests involving children at risk, and create a global understanding on how to address victim identification and help rescue children being sexually abused and pornographically exploited

Operationally, INTERPOL support member states in carrying out large operations investigating the commercial exploitation of children, paedophile networks and also support on going cases. The end result of the work undertaken by INTERPOL should be that member states see the need of sharing information and issue Green Notices on theoffenders that travel to commit their crime.

http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/Default.asp

Gepost door: Ivanow | 21-09-07

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