Madeleine McCann’s parents released a statement after a convicted rapist was named “official suspect” in their daughter’s disappearance.
Madeleine McCann’s parents say they “have not given up hope that she is alive” after a major breakthrough in investigating her disappearance.
Convicted rapist Christian Brueckner was named an “official suspect” in the case by Portuguese prosecutors this week, nearly 15 years after the young British girl went missing while on vacation in Portugal.
In a statement released on Friday, Kate and Gerry McCann said that while the “chance may be slim,” they still have hopes of seeing Madeleine again as the investigation continues. The sun relationships.
“We welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared a German man ‘witty’ (formal suspect) in connection with the disappearance of our beloved daughter Madeleine,” it reads.
“This reflects progress in the investigations, conducted by the Portuguese, German and British authorities.”
“We are informed of developments by the (London) Metropolitan Police.
“It is important to note that the ‘witty’ has not yet been charged with any specific crime related to Madeleine’s disappearance.
“While the chances may be slim, we haven’t given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and will reunite with her.”
Madeleine disappeared from her family’s vacation apartment in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz on the southern coast of Portugal on May 3, 2007, just days before her fourth birthday.
Brueckner has been the prime suspect since he was named by German police two years ago, with officials blatantly revealed that they believed he had killed the three-year-old.
German newspaper photo reported that the 44-year-old has been named “witty” or “official suspect” by prosecutors in Portugal, which is often followed by official accusations.
A written statement released by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigations and Prosecution (DIAP) states: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007, one person was sentenced on Wednesday.”
The Portuguese Attorney General’s Office and the country’s National Criminal Investigation Police Agency have not yet released any official comments.
However, Brueckner’s attorney, Friedrich Fulscher, spoke with the Daily mail and denied that his client was charged with the girl’s disappearance.
Mr. Fulscher said so too photo that the step taken by the Portuguese authorities should not be overstated.
“Without knowing in detail the Portuguese legal situation, I assume that this measure is a procedural device to stop the limitation in a few days,” he said.
Portuguese officials reportedly took action in the last few days after it emerged that the 44-year-old could evade charges due to Portugal’s statute of limitations which had taken effect for serious crimes after 15 years.
“The legal basis for making Brueckner a wit includes the fact that he confessed to a friend that he kidnapped Madeleine and the cell phone records placed him in Praia da Luz the night she disappeared,” the Daily mail reported a “well positioned source” saying.
“But it is obviously linked to the fact that the Portuguese authorities want to keep their options open with the impending deadline of 15 years.”
Brueckner is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a German prison for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman at the same resort from which Madeleine disappeared.
Earlier this year, Brueckner stated in a series of letters from prison that it would have been “absurd” for him to have kidnapped the girl.
In a series of letters to the German television station Sat 1 that aired in February as part of a new documentary, Brueckner went further to dismiss the case against him, saying that if he got involved, he would put his life at risk. criminal.
He wrote that he survived as a drug dealer and was never caught by the police because he “followed some key principles”.
“Where possible, only driving during the day so that my battered ‘hippy bus’ does not attract attention, only driving on the roads I needed and most importantly, never provoking the police,” he wrote.
“So that means not committing any crime, certainly not kidnapping anyone.
“That said, it was as absurd to me at the time as starting a nuclear war or slaughtering a chicken.”
It is the first time that Brueckner has publicly responded to various allegations by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig, where investigators were working with the support of detectives from Scotland Yard and the Portuguese police.
Originally published as Madeleine McCann on the new state of suspect: “We have not given up hope that she is alive”