Madeleine McCann’s main suspect “WILL BE indicted”

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The main suspect of Madeleine McCann “WILL BE indicted”: German prosecutors are “convinced” to have “concrete evidence” against the pedophile Christian Brueckner

  • Christian Brueckner, 43, is the main suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance
  • German prosecutors are now “convinced” that they can indict him in the 2007 case
  • Brueckner Serves 21 Months on Unrelated Drug Case
  • He will also begin a seven-year sentence for violating a PAO in Portugal in 2005

German prosecutors are confident they can indict Madeleine McCann’s main suspect, Christian Brueckner, for her disappearance.

The convicted pedophile, 43, is serving a 21-month sentence for an unrelated drug case in a Kiel prison and will be transferred to Wolfenbuttel in January to begin a seven-year sentence for the rape of an OAP woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.

He was identified as the new prime suspect in June after German police released a host of new evidence, including details of his cars and phone numbers, urging people to provide new information.

German prosecutors now say they believe they have “hard evidence” that Madeleine is dead and should indict Brueckner with three more sex crimes in Praia da Luz in Portugal, where the three-year-old girl went missing in 2007.

Hans Christian Wolters, who heads the German investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, said he was “confident” in the investigation.

A source close to the investigation told The Sun: ‘Things are progressing in the case and there have been several promising leads and tips, in particular from UK holidaymakers who were in Praia da Luz at the time of the disappearance of Madeleine.

German prosecutors confident they can indict Madeleine McCann's main suspect Christian Brueckner, a convicted pedophile and rapist, over her disappearance

German prosecutors confident they can indict Madeleine McCann's main suspect Christian Brueckner, a convicted pedophile and rapist, over her disappearance

German prosecutors confident they can indict Madeleine McCann’s main suspect Christian Brueckner, a convicted pedophile and rapist, over her disappearance

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007

“We hope for a breakthrough. At the moment, we don’t have enough to accuse him of Madeleine’s disappearance, but the evidence in the other cases is very strong.

Brueckner had previously been remanded in Kiel Prison ahead of last year’s trial for raping the old American woman. She was assaulted just two years before Madeleine disappeared from the same Algarve resort.

Earlier this month, a court in Karslruhe dismissed Brueckner’s appeal against the 2005 rape conviction and upheld his seven-year sentence.

The move will allow detectives in Braunschweig, about a 15-minute drive away, to question Brueckner about the Madeleine case, along with two others.

Detention of prisoners is expensive and, under the German federal system, states are obliged to look after their own prisoners rather than being placed in a central justice system.

German media claim Brueckner received at least two criminal convictions from a Hanover court, one for falsifying documents in 2010 and another for theft in 2013.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to media on Madeleine McCann case

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to media on Madeleine McCann case

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to media on Madeleine McCann case

Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared while on vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared while on vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared while on vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

He divided his time between Germany and Portugal from 2013 to 2015, Hanover prosecutors said.

Brueckner lived in the Algarve for much of the period from 1995 to 2007, and German prosecutors say they received a phone call from a Portuguese number around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance in May 2007.

He made a living doing odd jobs in the area where Madeleine had disappeared and he was also known to have robbed hotel rooms and vacation apartments.

Weeks after the attribution search, authorities said they were looking for digital storage devices, but Brueckner’s lawyer accused them of “desperation.”

Since taking charge of the case earlier this year, German police have struggled to explain the evidence they have of Madeleine’s disappearance.

Last week, a leaked memo revealed that Portuguese investigators were “shocked” by the lack of concrete evidence after being made aware of the case against Brueckner.

Prior to that, there was confusion as to whether German authorities had specific evidence of Madeleine’s death, as they had initially suggested.

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