Robert Murat accepted substantial libel damages from British
Sky Broadcasting Ltd
Robert Murat has
accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages over an allegation that
there were strong grounds for
believing that he was guilty of abducting Madeleine McCann.
Mr Murat was not at London's High
Court for the settlement of his action against British Sky Broadcasting
His solicitor Louis Charalambous told
Mr Justice Eady that an article and video on the Sky News website
claimed that in the early days after Madeleine's disappearance from
Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, Mr Murat's behaviour was
reminiscent of child murderer Ian Huntley.
The article, which was published until
April this year, and the video, which was accessible until this
September, also suggested that Mr Murat had deliberately tried to
mislead journalists by pretending to be acting in an official capacity
for the police.
Victoria Shore, counsel for BSkyB,
which is also paying Mr Murat's costs, made an unreserved apology for
publishing the false allegations, and the distress caused