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Madeleine McCann: Authorities declare German man formal suspect – National | Nation World News

When three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bed while on vacation with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, the world went into a frenzy.


On Thursday, nearly 15 years later, Portuguese police identified German-born Christian Brueckner as “Argido”, which translates as “designated suspect” or “formal suspect”.

Brueckner has not been charged in the case, and his lawyers have denied any involvement of his client in McCann’s disappearance.

He is currently serving a prison sentence in Germany on drug charges. Brueckner was also given a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz in 2005, where McCann went missing.

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In 2020, German police revealed that they were investigating Brueckner in connection with McCann’s disappearance.

A statement released by Portuguese police on Thursday did not formally name Brueckner, but said the suspect had previously been identified by German authorities. The statement claimed that authorities have “strong indications” of Brueckner’s involvement in the crime.

It is unclear whether Brueckner will be extradited to Portugal for formal interrogation.

Time is now of utmost importance in this case, as Portugal’s 15-year statute of limitations declares that a person of interest cannot be named after that point. May 3, 2022 will mark 15 years since McCann’s disappearance.

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McCann, who would now be 18, was never found.

The girl went missing a few days before her fourth birthday from the apartment where her family was staying in Portugal. McCann’s parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar, leaving the girl and her two siblings to sleep in the bedroom.

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According to the Guardian, Brueckner lived in the Algarve, Portugal, between 1995 and 2007.

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