Portuguese Authorities Name Formal Suspect in Case of Missing British Child Madeleine McCann

Portuguese authorities named German convicted rapist Christian Brueckner as a formal suspect in the case of British child Madeleine McCann who went missing 15 years ago.

In a statement on April 21, the public prosecutor’s office in the Portuguese city of Faro said that they had declared Brueckner as an “arguido” in the case, which translated to “named suspect” or “formal suspect.”

The Portuguese prosecutors did not publicly name the man but said that German authorities requested him to be identified as a suspect as a 15-year limit on prosecutions was due to expire.

Under Portuguese law, it would no longer be possible to declare someone a person of interest once the case turns 15 years old on May  3.

The Portuguese prosecutors said that the move was driven by “strong indications

Brueckner has not been charged.” of the practice of a crime rather than timing.

The Portuguese prosecutors also said in the statement that they are carrying out the investigation with cooperation from British and German authorities.

It is the first time the Portuguese prosecutors have identified an official suspect in the case since Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, were named as suspects 15 years ago. They were later cleared.

Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007, during a family holiday at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz in the Portuguese region of Algrave.

Investigators believe Madeleine, who was three at the time, was abducted.

In 2020, German authorities assumed Madeleine was dead and identified Brueckner, referred to as Christian B in Germany due to the country’s strict privacy laws, as a suspect.

Brueckner is currently serving a sentence for raping a 72-year-old American woman in the same area in the Algrave region.

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