Christian B has insisted that he was having sex in his camper van with a young woman who will support his alibi, Sky News reported on Monday.
He said he drove the women to the airport at Faro, Portugal, for a flight home the next day and they were stopped and photographed at a police roadblock.
The suspect claimed the woman was arrested at airport security for carrying an illegal pepper spray and later appeared in court.
Christian B has said he believes Portuguese police must have a record of those events that will establish his relationship with the young German woman who was on holiday in Portugal with her parents.
The man, 44, is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence in Germany for the rape of a woman.
If it’s true, his alibi would contradict vital but circumstantial evidence from mobile phone data masts that police say outs him close to the apartment where three-year-old Madeleine vanished from her bed 15 years ago in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
This month marks fifteen years since Madeleine disappeared.
A statement from Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, posted on Monday on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page read: “This year we mark fifteen years since we last saw Madeleine. It feels no harder than any other but no easier either. It’s a very long time.
“Many people talk about the need for ‘closure’. It’s always felt a strange term. Regardless of outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughter and a truly horrific crime has been committed. These things will remain.
“It is true though that uncertainty creates weakness; knowledge and certainty give strength, and for this reason our need for answers, for the truth, is essential. We are grateful for the ongoing work and commitment of the UK, Portuguese and German authorities as it is this combined police effort which will yield results and bring us those answers.
“As always, we would like to thank all of our supporters for their continued good wishes and support. It is a huge comfort to know that regardless of time passed, Madeleine is still in people’s hearts and minds.”
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