Maddie suspect “formally identified”

Christian Brückner has still not been formally questioned, or charged

Portuguese prosecutors have ‘formally identified’ convicted German sex offender Christian Brückner as a suspect (arguido) in the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann from a holiday apartment in the Algarve 15 years ago.

International media stories point out this is the first time Portuguese prosecutors have identified an official suspect in the case since the missing child’s parents Kate and Gerry were briefly named suspects in 2007.

Brückner’s name was not actually mentioned in the Portuguese statement, which alluded simply to ‘a suspect’ identified on request of authorities in Germany.

German authorities told the world they had their man back in 2020 – they simply did not have ‘concrete evidence’.

Says Reuters, reasons that have “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”.

Brückner is serving jail time in Germany and has still not been formally questioned by German police, nor charged in relation to Madeleine’s disappearance.

His lawyer and Brückner himself have consistently denied involvement, suggesting the whole theory is based on testimony from a convicted people-smuggler.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com