Christian Brueckner denies involvement Madeleine McCann’s disappearance after being named suspect by Portuguese authorities - Verve times

2022-04-24 07:29:25 By : Ms. Ella Liu

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Christian Brueckner has reportedly denied involvement in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, claiming Portuguese authorities have “no proof” against him.

The convicted child abuser was last week formally identified as a suspect in the disappearance of the British toddler nearly 15 years ago.

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She disappeared from her bedroom on May 3, 2007 during a family holiday in the Algarve region while her parents were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz.

Brueckner, in a German prison for raping a 72-year-old American woman in the Portuguese resort of Praia de Luz in 2005, has reportedly written to woman after learning of the Portuguese labelling him a suspect.

“I’m the most-known bad person in the world and I did nothing – well almost nothing,” wrote German national Brueckner, according to the Daily Mail.

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Brueckner reportedly alludes to his drug dealing and breaking into houses while he lived in Portugal between 1995 and 2007, also saying “there was something with kids when I was 17”, in a likely reference to him being convicted of child sexual abuse at that age.

But he said he “wasn’t kidnapping anybody and of course I wasn’t killing anybody”.

“I’ll go further, I’ll tell you I wasn’t attacking anybody after I was 18,” he was quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I made some silly mistakes when I was younger but who hasn’t?”

He said investigators have “not even one proof that I was involved with the McCann case”.

In 2020, German police said in that Madeleine was assumed dead and Brueckner was likely responsible for it.

But, since then, Brueckner, 45, has not been charged with any crime related to the disappearance.

Prosecutors said the investigation has been carried out with cooperation from British and German authorities.

Brueckner lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 and burgled hotels and holiday flats, according to court documents seen by Reuters in 2020.

He also falsified passports and was caught stealing diesel from a Portuguese harbour.

Portugal’s Judiciary Police handed over documents with hundreds of names related to Madeleine’s case, including Christian Brueckner to British authorities in 2012, according to the force.

German police received their first tip-off linking Brueckner to the Madeleine’s case in 2013.

The reasons that led Portuguese prosecutors to identify a suspect now are not clear but it could be related to Portugal’s 15-year statute of limitations for crimes with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years or more.

Next month will mark 15 years since Madeleine disappeared.

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