The man who was killed according to German prosecutors Madeleine McCann is formally named as a suspect by authorities in Portugal.
Convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner was identified as suspected of the infamous disappearance, but has not been charged with a crime.
The 44-year-old is serving a prison sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same Portuguese resort where the toddler went missing.
Maddie has not been seen since she disappeared in the Praia da Luz area in 2007.
Despite the fact that he was officially declared a suspect in his native Germany, detectives in the country where the disappearance took place have only just given him that official status.
He was declared an ‘arguido’ by investigators this week, a status that means an individual is considered more than a witness but has not been arrested or charged.
A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) read: ‘As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007, a person was charged in an argument on Wednesday.
‘The person was made an argument by the German authorities in execution of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Portuguese Public Ministry.
‘The investigation is being led by the Portimao section of the DIAP in Faro with the help of the Policia Judiciaria police.
‘The investigation was carried out in collaboration with the English and German authorities.’
Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry were made controversial arguidos in September 2007, along with Robert Murat, but that status was lifted after no evidence emerged that she was associated with the disappearance.
The couple has insisted the investigation is ongoing, but there were fears the Brueckner pickup could disappear next month.
Madeleine McCann’s family lawyer Rogerio Alves warned in July 2020 that Portugal’s 15-year limit for prosecutions meant there were less than two years left to take action against him.
According to the Mirror, Brueckner’s lawyer Friedrich Fuelscher said: ‘The step taken by the Portuguese authorities should not be overestimated.
‘Without knowing the Portuguese legal situation in detail, I assume that this measure is a procedural artifice to stop the impending limitation in a few days.’
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Madeleine McCann: Christian Brueckner made a suspect in Portugal
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