Christian Brueckner, a convicted sex offender, was named as an official suspect by Portuguese authorities on Wednesday for the first time, according to reports.
Lawyers for the German national confirmed he was named an “arguido” (defendant) yesterday, the Mirror reported.
A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday. “
Portugal’s Attorney General’s Office and the country’s Policia Judiciaria have yet to make any official comment.
The German man, who is in his mid-forties, is currently in prison in Germany serving a sentence for rape, the Mirror reported.
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