A petitions website is under growing pressure to shut down a page calling for the parents of Madeleine McCann to take a lie detector test.
More than 27,500 people have so far signed the Care2 Petitions page ‘Public want the McCanns to take a voluntary lie detector test’.
But critics argue that the petition is inappropriate when the 10 year anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance is just weeks away.
A sources close to Maddie’s parents dismissed the petition as “more utter rubbish”, telling The Sun: “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.”
The source also told The Sun: “Lie detectors are not legally admissible in any court action in this country.
“Any person can set up a petition about anything under the sun. This is the second one which has recently gone up on social media against Kate and Gerry.
“But it’s not on the official parliamentary website which means it will not be open for possible discussion by MPs.”
Maddie disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
The three-year-old and her 27-month twin siblings had been left alone while their parents were at a nearby tapas bar with friends.
Yahoo News has contacted Care2 Petitions for comment.