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Christian Brueckner: who is suspect in Madeleine McCann disappearance, what has he done - will he be charged?

The 45-year-old convicted paedophile was named as a formal suspect in the case last month

Conviced German paedophile Christian Brueckner is reportedly expected to be charged by police later this summer.

Brueckner was recently named as a “formal suspect” in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, almost 15 years after the three-year-old vanished from her Portugese hotel.

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German prosecutors say they have evidence that he abducted and murdered Madeleine, with detectives allegedly telling potential witnesses to be on standby for a court case.

However, it has not been confirmed that the Madeleine case is what Brueckner is expected to be charged with.

Christian Brueckner will reportedly be charged with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. (Credit: Getty Images)

Who is Christian Brueckner?

Christian Brueckner is a 44-year-old convicted paedophile who is currently serving seven years in prison for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman.

The woman had been staying at the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal at the time of the attack - the same resort from which Madeleine went missing from her hotel room in 2007.

German authorities named Brueckner as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine in June 2020, however strict German privacy laws only allowed him to be identified as “Christian B”.

He has now been named as a formal suspect, however he has continued to protest his innocence.

Speaking to a German documentary makers SAT.1, who recently released a new programme on his links to the incident, Brueckner said: “I see no reason to comment on the allegations made by the Braunschweig public prosecutor. In principle, I could sit back and relax and let the results come to me.”

Will Christian Brueckner be charged for the disappearance of Madeleline McCann?

German prosecutors say that new evidence points towards the 45-year-old abducting and murdering then three-year-old Madeleine.

Brueckner, who was allegedly “very familiar” with the Praia da Luz resort, is said to have been traced to within five minutes of the Ocean Club apartments on the night of the young girl’s disappearance.

Christian Brueckner has been officially named as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Photo: PA)

Friends and acquaintances of Brueckner from when he stayed and worked in the area are said to have been put on alert for a potential imminent trial.

However it has not been confirmed if the case in question is the disappearance of Madeleine or if it is for another crime he is suspected of in Portgual.

Speaking to the Mirror, a former friend of the convivted criminal said: “I got a call from the Germans asking questions about a previous statement I made.

“They said I should be prepared to come to Germany, possibly at the end of the summer. They said they were hoping to charge Christian with something but didn’t go into any more detail.”

Meanwhile, German prosecutor Hans Christan Wolters said in a TV interview that investigators have found new evidence against prime suspect Brueckner.

Speaking on the 15th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance Hans Christian Wolters told Portuguese TV journalist Sandra Felgueiras on the TV channel CMTV: “The investigation is still going on and I think we found some new facts, some new evidence, not forensic evidence, but evidence.”

What has Christian Brueckner said?

Brueckner has vehamently denied that he had anything to do with the disappearance of Madeleine.

He has claimed that at the time of the incident, he was miles away from the Ocean Club apartment complex.

Brueckner has said that he was in the company of a young German woman, driving her to Faro airport in his van, claiming the pair were photographed at a police roadblock.

The 44-year-old has identified her to police but prosecuters say that his alibi is not concrete.

Hans Christian Wolters told Sky News: “We actually haven’t found a single piece of the puzzle in the two years that would have somehow helped to exonerate Christian B.

“So it’s really nothing that would somehow maybe be an alibi or something. Nothing of that has come to light, really at any point.

“What we found out, it all went in the other direction, so was rather incriminating, without me being able to elaborate on that now.”

What happened to Madeleine McCann?

On 3 May 2007, Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dined 55 metres away from the ground floor room while Madeleine and her twin siblings slept.

Both parents periodically checked in on the children throughout the evening, before Kate found Madeleine missing at around 10pm.

Kate and Gerry reported their children missing to Portugese police, with a high profile search for the missing toddler publicised across the world.

The pair were originally suspected to have accidently killed their daughter and covered it up - they were made suspects in 2007, after Portugese authorities misinterpreted British DNA analysis.

However, Portugal’s attorney general lifted their “suspect” status in 2008 due to a lack of evidence.

Inquiries into the incident continued in the following years, including Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange, with Brueckner named as a suspect by the German city of Braunschweig in June 2020.