Madeleine McCann suspect 'will face fresh sex assault charges'
Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner ‘will face fresh sex assault charges within weeks’ – but German prosecutor warns ‘there’s no end in sight for the Maddie probe’
- Hans Christian Wolters will announce five sex cases linked to Brueckner, 45
- Brueckner is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
- He is currently in jail in Germany for the rape of a US national in 2005
Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner will face fresh sex assault charges within weeks, it has been reported.
However, Hans Christian Wolters, the German prosecutor investigating Maddie’s disappearance, warned there’s no end in sight for the three-year-old’s probe.
Brueckner, 45, was named by police as the prime suspect in the toddler’s disappearance two years ago in the hopes that it would lead them to evidence that would allow them to formally charge him.
Wolters, who is leading the case, told The Mirror that he will announce five sex cases linked to Brueckner.
Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner will face fresh sex assault charges within weeks, it has been reported
Brueckner, 45, was named by police as the prime suspect in the toddler’s disappearance two years ago in the hopes that it would lead them to evidence that would allow them to formally charge him
He said: ‘The investigation into Maddie is still ongoing. A conclusion is not in sight.
‘I really can’t say how long the investigation will take. It is also not certain whether an indictment can be made in the end.’
‘Regarding all allegations except Maddie, we will issue a press release in about 2-3 weeks,’ he added. ‘It may well go in the direction of an indictment.’
Madeleine disappeared from the family apartment where she was staying with her family while on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
She was sleeping in a bedroom alongside her brother and sister – twins – while parents Kate and Jerry ate dinner with friends in a nearby restaurant on the evening of May 3.
Around 10pm, Kate went to check on the children as part of a rota system devised between the group and found Madeleine was missing.
Hans Christian Wolters, the German prosecutor investigating Maddie’s disappearance, warned there’s no end in sight for the three-year-old’s probe
Madeleine went missing from this apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, while on holiday there with her family in 2007
The disappearance sparked a huge police operation that spanned Europe but failed to find any trace of the girl, and she remains missing to this day.
In 2020, police decided to name Brueckner as their suspect – an unusual move that they hoped would lead people to come forward and help with the investigation.
Brueckner is a convicted drug dealer with a history of sexual offences who is currently serving time in a German jail for the rape of an American pensioner at the Praia da Luz resort two years before Madeleine went missing.
Police say phone records show that Brueckner took a call in the area around Praia da Luz around two hours before Maddie went missing.
But they have so-far been unable to prove that Brueckner was the one who took Maddie, or say what exactly happened to her after she went missing.
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