Madeleine McCann: Mark Williams-Thomas discusses case
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Madeleine went missing when she was three years old, while her family were on holiday in Portugal in 2007. Convicted rapist and child sexual abuser Christian B was identified as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance by German investigators in June 2020.
They believe he is responsible for the killing of Madeleine. Christian B has always denied all allegations in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The latest move in the case comes amid speculation that fresh forensic evidence may have been uncovered in Christian B’s camper van, which he is believed to have used to live a transient life and drug deal while in the Algarve.
Germany investigators have denied that the new evidence they have found is of a forensic nature, but would not confirm nor deny that fibres from the pyjamas Madeleine was wearing the night she went missing may have been uncovered in the van.
It follows the Portuguese public prosecutor’s announcement ahead of the 15th anniversary of the disappearance – which was marked on Tuesday – that Christian B had been made an “arguido”, or official suspect, in their investigation.
It suggests a confluence of opinions among investigators which the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig believes suggests officers are heading in the right direction.
Hans Christian Wolters, spokesperson for the public prosecutor’s office in Braunchweig, commented on Tuesday that “the fact that Christian B is now a suspect in Portugal shows everyone that we are not on the wrong way.”
Speaking to Portuguese journalist Sandra Felgueiras, who has documented the case for years, on CMTV, Mr Wolters was asked where the investigation had gone two years after naming Christian B as their suspect – an investigation which has still yet to bring a charge.
Mr Wolters responded: “The investigation is still going on, and I think we have found some new facts, some new evidence – not forensic evidence, but evidence.”
Ms Felgueiras then probed the investigators on whether they had found any evidence of something belonging to Madeleine in Christian B’s beaten-up campervan.
Mr Wolters said that he could not pass comment on “the details of the investigation”, before being questioned on whether he could deny it.
The German spokesperson replied: “I don’t want to deny it”.
The Portuguese authorities appear to have been listening: a source in the Portuguese police told the Telegraph today (Thursday) that “officers [from the Judiciary Police] in the Algarve may leave for Germany, possibly next week.”
The discovery of evidence that may link Madeleine to the suspect would represent one of the most significant breakthroughs in one of the largest missing persons cases Europe has seen.
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So far, the evidence that has been made public concerning Christian B’s alleged involvement appears circumstantial – a possible explanation as to why charges have yet to be brought against him – despite Mr Wolters stating that investigators are “sure” he is responsible.
Christian B, who is currently serving out a sentence in an Oldenburg prison cell for other convicted offences, was reportedly denied parole recently, and will remain in prison until at least May 2023.
It is said that he claimed he was having sex with a woman in the van on May 3, 2007 – the evening Maddie went missing.
Public prosecutors in Braunschweig are now preparing to bring new, unrelated charges against Christian B for his other alleged crimes, including the alleged rape of Irish tourism rep Hazel Behan in 2004.
Mr Wolters told the Sunday Times on Monday that this could happen “in the next three months”. He has previously told Express.co.uk that they hope to announce the other charges by the end of the month.
While Christian B has always maintained his innocence with regards to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, he has been accused recently of “playing games” with investigators.
Recent reports suggest Christian B has given an alibi for the night of May 3 that year to a documentary team.
However, Mr Wolters dismissed the claim, stating that Christian B’s legal representation had not formally submitted an alibi.
In a letter, sent to an anonymous woman and published by the MailOnline, the convicted sex offender said he “did nothing – well almost nothing”.
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