Madeleine McCann: Ex-cop played key role in making Christian Brueckner formally suspect


Luis Mota Carmo, 60, led the move to make convicted German pedophile Christian Brueckner an ‘arguido’ in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance case. The girl disappeared during a holiday in Portugal

Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007

A former police chief was the protagonist in the decision to formally consider Christian Brueckner a suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Luis Mota Carmo, 60, has taken over the day-to-day running of the long-running prosecution investigation in Portugal.

Days after replacing the previous chief prosecutor, he led the move to make convicted German pedophile Brueckner an “arguido” in the case.

Mota Carmo persuaded bosses in Lisbon to pave the way for possible criminal charges against Brueckner – who is currently in prison in his home country – if German prosecutors find evidence linking him to Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3, 2007, when she was three.

Christian Brueckner has been made ‘arguido’ in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann



Luis Mota Carmo (left) played a key role in making Brueckner an argument


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A source said: “It’s always a concern when a new prosecutor takes charge of a high-profile case, but Luis knows it through and through and has got off to a flying start.

“The decision to make Brueckner an arguido was very much his.”

British girl Madeleine disappeared while on holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

Mr Mota Carmo, head of the regional prosecutor’s office, is waiting for the results of forensic tests on Brueckner’s motor home who was living in the area at the time.

Brueckner got into a fight after lawyers warned that Portugal’s 15-year limit on prosecution for serious crimes could prevent him from being prosecuted after Tuesday.

The source said: “Luis wants to make sure there is no impediment to the possibility of prosecution here.

“But that alone is not the reason why this step has been taken.

“Legally, there has to be a good basis for everyone to make an argument, and there are multiple reasons why Brueckner is in the frame.”

The source said Brueckner could be prosecuted in Portugal or Germany.

Mota Carmo led the judicial police in the Algarve from 2009 to 2018. He and ex-Met police detective Andy Redwood played key roles in the 2014 excavations in Praia da Luz in the hunt for Madeleine.

Brueckner, 45, denies involvement in the disappearance. He is in prison for raping a woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.

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