A petition calling for the parents of Madeleine McCann to take a lie detector test has been signed by over 25,000 people.
The new campaign, which has emerged on website Care2Petitions, calls for Kate and Gerry McCann to take a lie detector test only two months before the 10th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The petition, which has not been endorsed by the site, claims: ‘Whether or not you believe they are part of a cover-up of an accident that took place that fateful night or they are involved in foul play in some way, or indeed they are completely innocent and they have been unfairly targeted, then that is why you MUST sign & share this petition.’
However, the petition is not listed on the official Downing Street petitions website – which means that it has no chance of being debated in Parliament.
Speaking to The Sun, a source close to the McCanns slammed the latest petition as ‘nonsense’.
The source said: ‘Kate and Gerry will not do a lie detector test because they’ve got nothing to lie about.
‘It’s just nonsense to suggest they have.’
Three-year-old Maddie disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007 after she was left alone in bed with her 27-month-old twin siblings Sean and Amelie while her parents dined at a nearby tapas bar with friends.
Kate, 49, a former GP, and doctor Gerry 48, are still adamant that their daughter is still alive and have vowed to never stop looking for her.
More recently, the McCanns suffered a huge blow in their battle against former Portuguese police chief Gonzalo Amaral.
Amaral claimed in his 2008 book ‘The Truth of the Lie’ that Maddie had died in the holiday flat, with her parents choosing to cover up her death.
The McCanns subsequently sued him for libel, but their initial victory was overturned on appeal – with Portugal’s Supreme Court ruling that the ex-cop had the right to freedom of expression.
They also claimed that Kate and Gerry were not ‘formally in the clear’ over their daughter’s disappearance.
Yahoo News has contacted Care2Petitions for comment.