Madeleine McCann case: Christian Bruckner says he's 'innocent', slams prosecutors

Christian Brückner, the 44-year-old suspect, mocked the probe linking him to Madeleine McCann's disappearance without the required 'forensic evidence'


                            Madeleine McCann case: Christian Bruckner says he's 'innocent', slams prosecutors
Christian Brueckner is a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case (Carabinieri Milano via Getty Images, Photo by Handout/Getty Images)

Christian Brückner, the prime suspect in the case of the missing British toddler, Madeleine McCann, has finally broken his silence, protesting that he is innocent. According to German tabloid Bild, the 44-year-old suspect, who is serving time for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman in the same area of Portugal where McCann went missing, wrote a letter slamming the probe as a “scandal.” He also said that the investigators “should resign” as they were “persecuting an innocent person”.

“Charging someone with a crime is one thing. It is something completely different, namely an unbelievable scandal, when a public prosecutor starts a public prejudicial campaign before proceedings are even opened,” he said in the letter. “You have proved worldwide, through arbitrary convictions in the past and through scandalous prejudicial campaigns in the present, that you are unsuitable for the office of an ‘advocate for the honest and German people who trust in justice,’ and that you bring shame to the German legal system.”

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'Fillet of forensic'

Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the missing 4-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann, hold up a picture of Madeleine during a press conference on June 6, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images) 

McCann, a 3-year-old girl, vanished from her bedroom during a family vacation in 2007. Investigators named Brückner, who has lived abroad in southern Portugal for more than a decade, as the prime suspect in 2020. Citing “concrete evidence," the German prosecutors have said that the missing child was dead and that they were treating the case as a homicide investigation despite the fact that no remains have ever been found.

“If you knew the evidence we had, you would come to the same conclusion as I do,” Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolte told the BBC.“I can’t promise, I can’t guarantee that we have enough to bring a charge, but I’m very confident because what we have so far doesn’t allow any other conclusion at all.”

However, in his letter, Brückner mocked the acknowledgment on the part of investigators that they don't have the required “forensic evidence” to tie him to McCann's death, by including a drawing of the prosecutors in a restaurant ordering a “fillet of forensic."

Mccann 'dead and buried' says clairvoyant

Brückner's letter came just days after a clairvoyant has reportedly claimed that the toddler is “dead and buried” six miles from where she went missing more than ten years ago. It has now been said that police have taken Michael Schneider’s claim seriously and will look into it. Schneider told officers Madeleine “is unfortunately dead and buried in Portugal north-east of Lagos.”

The 50-year-old has reportedly provided the investigators with the exact coordinates of the place, where McCann’s remains can be found. Schneider, a former TV reporter, told Mirror: “I do not give out such information lightly and without constantly questioning myself because I am very well aware of the responsibility of what I do.”

Reportedly, Schneider informed the BKA, Germany’s equivalent of the FBI, about his claims a few weeks ago. In response, they emailed him saying, “Your ­information will be appropriately incorporated into our work.” The psychic said, “I am happy that the BKA seem to be taking me seriously. Often you have a reputation as a freak or someone just trying to squeeze money out of someone, and this is quite hurtful. I never take money.”

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