Who is Christian Bruckner, suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and what other charges does he face?


The Madeleine McCann case is back in the news after a young Polish woman claimed to be the British girl who disappeared back in 2007 whilst on a family holiday in Portugal.

This girl is certain of her identity and is even asking for a DNA test to confirm it. And as a result of these statements, the whole case is being discussed again.

Madeleine was three years old when she disappeared from her holiday flat in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007, while her parents were having dinner in a nearby restaurant.

German police said in June 2020 that she was presumed dead and that Christian Bruckner was probably responsible for her death.

However, British officials continue to treat it as a missing person’s case and a lack of evidence prevented them from prosecuting the suspect.

In Portugal, the authorities described Bruckner as a “formal suspect” in the Madeleine case but he has not been arrested for any involvement in her disappearance.

The German has been serving time for raping a woman in 2005 in the Algarve area, just close to where the little girl disappeared. The offender has always denied any involvement in the child’s case.

Christian Bruckner’s other crimes

Recently, new crimes have come to the fore with regards to the German national.

The 45-year-old, the main suspect in Madeleine McCann‘s disappearance, has been charged by German prosecutors with several sex crimes he allegedly committed in Portugal between 28 December 2000 and 11 June 2017.

“The accused is charged with three counts of aggravated rape and two counts of child sexual abuse. The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is continuing,” a police statement read.

The offences he was charged with were as follows: In April 2007 he allegedly cornered a 10-year-old German girl on Salema beach, very close to where Madeleine disappeared a month later, and forced her to perform a sexual act.

Between 2000 and 2006 he is accused of raping two women, one of them of consenting age, and one a 14-year-old girl.

In June 2004, he is accused of gaining access to the flat of a 20-year-old Irish woman through the balcony in Praia da Rocha.

He allegedly woke her up and raped her at knifepoint. And the most recent in 2017, when he is alleged to have exposed himself in front of a group of children.

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