Madeleine McCann suspect's lawyers reveal 'evidence' to release him

Madeleine McCann suspect's lawyers reveal 'evidence' to release him

Madeleine McCann suspect’s lawyers reveal ‘evidence’ they claim proves he did not rape US woman and say he should be released from prison

  • Lawyers for Christian Brueckner, 45, claim new evidence exonerates him
  • Brueckner, is the prime suspect in the disappearance of  Madeleine McCann
  • He is currently in jail in Germany for the rape of a US pensioner in 2005 
  • Feared if he is exonerated, he would disappear and escape justice for Madeleine 

Lawyers defending Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner claim ‘new facts’ prove he is not a rapist and should be released from prison.

Convicted paedophile Brueckner, 45, the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, is currently in a jail in Germany for the brutal 2005 rape of a US national, then 72, in Praia da Luz.

But his lawyer, Friedrich Fuelscher, 38, claims that evidence of a noticeable scar or some form of marking on his thigh, which helped put him away in 2019, is invalid, as Brueckner has no such scar.

Justice campaigners for Madeleine McCann will be alarmed at the prospect of the prime suspect in her disappearance being exonerated, as it is feared he would disappear as soon as he is released.

Fuelscher has said the new facts relate to statements made by another alleged rape victim of Brueckner, Irishwoman Hazel Behan, who claimed the man who raped her in 2004 when she was 20 had a scar on his thigh.

Brueckner has been the main suspect in McCann’s case for two years but so far no charges relating to her have been brought against him

On May 3, 2007, Madeleine McCann disappeared aged three from her bed in Praia da Luz, Portugal

But Brueckner recently had his thighs examined in a bid to reveal that he does not have a marking like this on this part of his body. 

The ‘new facts’ rest on the result of an ‘operative case analysis’, by Germany’s version of the FBI, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which indicated that both rapes were committed by the same attacker, Fuelscher claims. 

He argues that since Bruckner does not have a scar on his thigh, it would mean he is not only innocent of the 2004 rape of Ms Behan, but he also cannot be the person who raped the US national in 2005 for which he is currently in jail. 

The German prosecution believes that both Ms Behan and the US pensioner were raped by the same perpetrator, and Fuelscher hopes that he can prove that Brueckner did not rape Ms Behan.

Fuelscher says that this revelation could turn the tables on the prosecution which ended up putting Brueckner behind bars for the 2005 rape in Portugal.

Madeleine parents, Kate and Gerry, mark the 15th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance from Portugal at a vigil in their home village of Rothley 

Brueckner is currently serving his sentence at a high-security prison locally dubbed the ‘Alcatraz of The North’ in the town of Oldenburg, near the northern city of Bremen. 

Fuelscher has now filed an application to the Braunschweig Regional Court to reopen the 2005 rape case which took place in Portugal. 

However, he said there is little chance that the case will be reconsidered.

‘Only a vanishingly small proportion of applications for readmission are successful’ said Fuelscher.

‘One sees a superior power of the criminal justice system, which tries to ward off every attack on the old judgement tooth and claw.’

When contacted, Friedrich Fuelscher was unavailable for comment. 

Brueckner has been under investigation by German officials over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for two years. 

The prosecutor leading the case, Mr Wolters, repeatedly refused to say if the prime suspect had broken into the Praia da Luz apartment and grabbed the three-year-old from her bed on May 3, 2007. 

Mr Wolters said Brueckner’s alibi about having sex with a girlfriend at the time of the abduction had fallen apart.  


Madeleine McCann would have turned 18 last year. In 2012, five years after her disappearance, her family issued an age progression e-fit photo to show what Madeleine may have looked like aged nine (right)

But he admitted his team do not have the forensic evidence to put the paedophile prime suspect in the dock amid claims that fibres from the Maddie’s pink Eeyore pyjamas had been found in his yellow VW camper van.

Mr Wolters hinted that Brueckner, 45, may have had an accomplice, by refusing to say if he was certain the German took Maddie from her parents’ holiday apartment at Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast on May 3, 2007. 

Mr Wolters also said they had still not worked out who made a mysterious 30-minute phone call to Brueckner, placing him close to where Madeleine disappeared on the night she went missing.

But when asked if he was sure that it was Brueckner who broke into the Ocean Club apartment and took her, he twice repeated that he believed that he was the killer but would not comment on who snatched the British three-year-old. 

He said: ‘We are sure that he is the murderer of Madeleine McCann. We are sure that he killed Madeleine McCann.’

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