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Post  cherry1 on Sun 10 Sep - 10:31

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/852205/Madeleine-McCann-Maddie-family-lose-key-adviser-Kate-Gerry

Kate and Gerry McCann lose a key adviser

KATE and Gerry McCann are mourning the loss of one of their main supporters as they anxiously wait to see if funding will continue for the Scotland Yard investigation into their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.



PUBLISHED: 07:58, Sun, Sep 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 08:03, Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Wealthy Michael Linnett, who died on August 4 aged 75, was the accountant for the Madeleine Fund for 10 years and advised the couple throughout that time.

The fund was set up to return Madeleine to her family and is partly funded by public donations, although it is not a charity.

Mr Linnett resigned from his post on May 3 this year – the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance – a few months after the resignation of the fund’s auditors haysmacintyre, a highly regarded firm of accountants and tax advisers based in London.

The two blows mean the couple will have to spend time sorting out the administration of the fund, which has been largely idle since the Yard launched Operation Grange in 2011.

Should the Home Office not sign off the latest application for funding from the Yard, then the couple also face the possibility of using some of the fund’s £715,000 to pay for private detectives.

In one of his last acts for the fund, Mr Linnett signed off the accounts for the company, Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Ltd, for the year ended March 2016. It is believed he resigned on health grounds.

His funeral was held at the Divine Infant of Prague church in Syston, Leicestershire, near Rothley village, where the McCanns live with their twins Sean and Amelie.

Father Clement Orango, who officiated at the service, said: “Mr Linnett was a much loved member of the community and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.”

A friend of the family said: “Michael was a lovely man who gave an awful lot of his time to help others. He was involved with the fund right from the beginning, shortly after Madeleine disappeared, and did a great job.

“He was an extremely good accountant and the McCanns were very lucky to have his support and services for such a long time.”

Mr Linnett lived in the village of Gaddesby, around eight miles from Rothley. In other developments it was reported yesterday that an eight-part documentary on Madeleine’s disappearance is being made by Netflix.

And McCann’s legal battles with former Portuguese detective Amaral may end up at the European Court of Human Rights.

Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, on the Algarve during a family holiday in Portugal.
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Re: McCanns Lose A Key Adviser

Post  cherry1 on Sun 10 Sep - 10:33

Good they pointed this out

The fund was set up to return Madeleine to her family and is partly funded by public donations, although it is not a charity.

Mr Linnett resigned from his post on May 3 this year – the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance – a few months after the resignation of the fund’s auditors haysmacintyre, a highly regarded firm of accountants and tax advisers based in London.
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