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Malinka considers libel action


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SERGEI MALINKA is said to be preparing libel actions against British and Portuguese newspapers in connection with the Madeleine case.

According to Portuguese daily newspaper Metro, the Russian citizen will ask for payouts of 50,000 euros from each newspaper.

The number and the names of the newspapers were not revealed and the information could not be confirmed with Mr Malinka by the time The Resident went to press.

Sergei Malinka was interviewed as a witness by the PJ in the Madeleine McCann disappearance case. He had professional connections to Robert Murat, who became the first arguido, official suspect, in the investigation a few weeks after Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz, on May 3.

The Russian citizen created a website for online property company Romigen, which was at the time owned by Robert Murat and Michaela Walczuch, another of the witnesses in the case.

His action against the media follows news last week that Robert Murat (see The Resident edition of April 18) had begun a number of libel actions against 11 newspapers and one TV station in the UK.

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Robert Murat’s legal representatives at the law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton confirmed the targets were Sky, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, The Metro, The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The News of the World, The Sun and The Scotsman.

Reported as being the largest libel claim in the history of the British media by an individual, it is estimated that the total payout could be more than two million pounds if the action is successful.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCann helpline on 0034 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on 00351 282 405 400.

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