Madeleine McCann ‘Official Suspect’ Breaks Silence Over Disappearance in Chilling Letter | World | News

Christian Brueckner was designated an official suspect by the Portuguese authorities on Wednesday. The German man, who is in his mid-40s, is currently in prison in Germany, serving a sentence for rape.

Now, in a five-page letter he sent from his prison cell, Brueckner claimed he was not there at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

He also emphasized that he did not live “close to the place” and protested his innocence in the letter.

He claims authorities have no DNA evidence to convict him.

Mr. Brueckner also claims that he is now “the most famous bad person in the world and has done nothing – well, almost nothing”.

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the Portuguese seaside town of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, while on vacation with her siblings and parents Kate and Gerry.

On Thursday, the sex offender was handed a document in Oldenburg prison stating that he was called ‘arguido’ in the case by Portuguese prosecutors.

A written statement from the Portimao Division of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007, one person was charged Wednesday.”

In his letter, Mr. Brueckner wrote: “Welcome to the greatest adventure imaginable.

“I’m the most famously bad person in the world and I didn’t do anything — well, almost nothing.”

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Mr Brueckner, who lived in the Algarve from 1995 to 2007, went on to claim that there was “no evidence” against him.

He also alleged that authorities in Germany were leaking information to portray him in a bad light.

He claimed that the truth was “unprofessionally” manipulated to the point of “laughing at it”.

The Daily Mail, having seen the contents of the letter, says it was sent from his prison cell to a woman they did not identify.

Madeleine went missing from a vacation apartment her parents rented in 2007, just days before her fourth birthday.

Her parents were eating at a nearby tapas restaurant, located in the resort area.

Kate and Gerry “welcomed” the news this week that Mr. Brueckner had been made an “arguido”.

A source close to the couple claimed: “Anything that implies progress in the case is to be applauded and that is the view of both Kate and Gerry.

“They won’t say anything publicly just yet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t in the coming days before the anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

“Kate and Gerry are both still hopeful that in due course they will get answers to what happened to Madeleine and anything that comes with that is welcome.”

Naming Brueckner as an “arguido,” meaning a named suspect, comes ahead of the upcoming 15th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

Portugal’s statute of limitations is strict of 15 years for serious crimes.

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