The German citizen Christian B., the main suspect in the disappearance and kidnapping in 2007 of the British girl Madeleine McCann in the south of Portugal, has been indicted by the German authorities at the request of the Portuguese Prosecutor’s Officea few days after the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of the little girl in a tourist complex in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.
The German authorities charge Christian B. with the disappearance of the girl, according to a statement from the Faro Prosecutor’s Office published on its website, in application of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Portuguese Public Ministry.
Madeleine’s parents, who “have not given up hope” of finding her, welcome the accusation of the suspect.
The Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of the district of Faro (DIAP), in Portimao, and the Judicial Police, in cooperation with the English and German authorities, have carried out the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance in 2007 of the girl Madeleine McCann while on vacation with her parents in the Algarve, according to the statement.
A sex offender with multiple convictions
Christian B., currently serving a sentence in a German prison for drug trafficking, was identified in 2020 by the German media as a 43-year-old sex offender with multiple convictionsincluding for sexual abuse of minors, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) of Germany.
A spokesman for the Public Ministry in Hannover, Thomas Klinge, has confirmed to the DPA agency, according to Europa Press, that the suspect was sentenced in September 2017 to one year and three months in prison for possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors. .
The Braunschweig City Prosecutor’s Office (Germany), which was investigating him for his alleged relationship with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the south of Portugal in 2007, assumed last June 2020 that the little girl is dead.
The Metropolitan Police of the United Kingdom, which collaborated with the Portuguese and German authorities in the investigations, clarified that it continues framed this case within the category of “disappeared persons”since he does not have “conclusive evidence” about the possible death of Madeleine.
The next Tuesday, April 26, it will be 15 years Madeleine’s disappearance, so the television channel AMC Crime premieres at 11:00 p.m. a documentary miniseries about the accused, previously identified by the authorities as the person responsible for the kidnapping.
Madelaine McCann was just 3 years old when she disappeared from a holiday apartment in a resort in Praia da Luz, the Algarve, Portugal. It would not be until years later when the German authorities would claim to have evidence that the little girl had been murdered and that Christian was the culprit. However, the lack of evidence prevented the suspect from being prosecuted.