German and Portuguese authorities have launched a large-scale search in a remote reservoir in Portugal’s Algarve region for the body of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in 2007. focusing on the alleged connection of the prime suspect, Christian Brueckner.
According to British newspapers, Scotland Yard investigators have arrived in the area to follow the operation closely, It will last at least two days. Should relevant evidence emerge, the search could be further expanded.
This is the first major operation since June 2014, when British police were granted permission to excavate Praia da Luz using specialized equipment such as sniffer dogs trained to detect dead bodies and ground-penetrating radar.
Now the operation is following in the footsteps of Brueckner, as it is claimed that the suspect frequently went to the area, located 45 minutes from the thermal baths where the girl was last seen.
Who is the prime suspect?
German Brueckner has several lawsuits accusing him of sexual abuse and crimes. The 45-year-old man was charged by his country’s prosecution for five sexual offences.
These new lawsuits are not related to the case of the girl who disappeared on May 3, 2007, for which the man has already been detained for some time in Germany. In three of the brand new complaints, he is accused of being a child molester.
The indictment, released this Tuesday by the Braunschweig (Northern Germany) prosecutor’s office, he explains that the charges are directed against the same suspect in the girl’s disappearance.
The prosecution’s allegations are based on five cases that occurred between December 2000 and June 2017, in Portugal.
Exactly the same country where little Maddie spent the holidays with her parents. in the Praia da Luz apartmentbefore disappearing.
In addition to the three rape charges, there are two more for severe sexual abuse. In the first case yesYour victim was a 20-year-old Irish woman. years old, whom he brutally assaulted and raped by breaking into his holiday apartment in a mask.
Another of his victims was a ten-year-old German girlwhich he caught playing and forced to witness masturbating, but that finally managed to escape.
His victims were girls or women between the ages of ten and eighty.of hitherto unknown cases and some of them unveiled videos recorded by the suspect himself.
brueckner, with a long history of crimes for sexual abuse and pedophiliais currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American tourist, also committed in Portugal.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann
“Maddie” was three years old at the time of her disappearance and his whereabouts remain unknown, despite investigations launched by his parents, both in Portugal and the UK and ahead of subsequent international filings.
The suspect had been living regularly in Portugal since 1995 and at least until that same year of 2007, although he returned often to that country afterward.
He lived on occasional jobs, also linked to tourism, and perpetrated property crime, robbery of hotels and apartments.
The night “Maddie” went missing, she was near the compound where the McCanns vacationedbased on data collected from your mobile phone.
Suspicions about his connection to the disappearance of the child have strengthened since be extradited by the Portuguese authorities to Germanycharged with another crime of child sexual abuse.
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