Madeleine McCann's parents demand review of case
The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann on Thursday urged Prime Minister David Cameron to help launch a "comprehensive review" of the information about their daughter's disappearance.
Four years after she vanished from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, Kate and Gerry McCann launched a book about the case and said they feared the authorities had given up on Madeleine.
"It is a fact that no law enforcement agency has been looking for Madeleine for years," Gerry McCann told a news conference in London held on his daughter's eighth birthday.
The Portuguese police wound up their investigation after 14 months, but her parents say they will not stop their search until they have found Madeleine.
The McCanns are calling for an independent review of all the information gathered in the investigation into their daughter's disappearance in the hope it will unearth a crucial clue.
They have urged Cameron to ask his Portuguese counterpart for assistance in the matter, and said the family "want to see some action rather than rhetoric".
"I'm hopeful but we want to see action from the governement. I'm sure, if the public get behind the campaign, (Cameron) will do it," Gerry said.
"The issue is that since the files have been closed everything has been deemed irrelevant without any further enquiries and that is not acceptable."
A visibly emotional Kate, who spoke with a trembling voice, said it had been a difficult decision to write the book, "Madeleine", which went on sale in Britain on Thursday.
"What tipped the balance in our decision (to write the book) is the continuing need to fund the search for Madeleine," said the 43-year-old doctor.
"We hope we'll find Madeleine before the money runs out."
Madeleine went missing from the holiday apartment on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents and a group of friends dined at the restaurant in the holiday complex.
In the book, entitled "Madeleine", Kate reveals that while she appeared composed in the days after the disappearance, she was actually so grief-stricken that she wanted to commit suicide by drowning in the sea.
© 2011 AFP