Madeleine McCann was three years old when she went missing from Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007

Maddie suspect’s lawyer says case against client built “from worst witness you can get”

The German lawyer of Maddie suspect Christian Brückner says the case against his client appears to have been built on testimony from the “worst witness you can get”.

Talking exclusively to Sky News, Friedrich Fülscher demolished the thesis that German prosecutors have the ‘concrete evidence’ they announced two months ago (click here).

He says he believes it came from a criminal “who swapped information for police favours”, explains Sky.

As Fülscher stressed: “A human who has spent his whole life cheating people for his own benefit is never a reliable witness.”

This is certainly the second time Friedrich Fülscher has appeared to be challenging German prosecutors to reveal the evidence they say they have against his client (click here).

And it appears to be the second time the response has been absolute silence.

Since Sky’s report went out – time and again over the course of Thursday – there have been no updates, rebuttals or indeed any comments at all from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) – the federal department of criminal police in Braunschweig that broke the news of its probe into Christian Brückner in dramatic style in June.

At the time, German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told Sky that “there are so many facts” that point to missing Madeleine being dead – with Christian Brückner in BKA’s sights for having “done the deed”.

None of these multiple facts however have ever been explained.

In the meantime, Brückner’s name has been ‘dragged through the mud’. Serving jail time for drug trafficking – and appealing a sentence for rape – he spends 23 hours a day in isolation due to the danger he faces as a result of all the ‘revelations’ of being attacked by other inmates.

Says his lawyer: “He won’t be able to lead a normal life at any point, without being recognised and facing hostility”.

Certainly Brückner is “ no ‘innocent lamb’, he has made many mistakes in his past which have been punished by the law – and that is completely right”, Fülscher told Sky’s Martin Brunt. But “that doesn’t mean that you can suddenly condemn him for things he hasn’t done”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com