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Madeleine McCann suspect says police ‘don’t have shred of evidence against him’

The chief suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has insisted that despite recent media briefings German investigators don’t have any evidence linking him to the case.

In 2019, German police began probing Christian Brueckner, 44, who is currently in prison serving a seven-year sentence for raping an American tourist in Portugal in 2006.

Investigators are now reportedly “100% sure” that he is the man responsible for the toddler’s disappearance 14 years ago.

Sources close to the German however told the Sun that Brueckner doesn’t believe prosecutors have any evidence against him.

They said: "B and his legal team remain sure (Hans Christian) Wolters and his investigators don’t have a shred of evidence to convict him on or charge him over.

"Their position has always been clear: if there is evidence, show it. But the police never have. That’s why they are convinced these comments are a bluff designed to get B to crack behind bars and confess to someone. That will never happen.

"B believes Wolters is simply a celebrity cop looking to make headlines.”

Part of the evidence prosecutors are probing includes an alleged confession Brueckner made to a friend.

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They are also investigating phone data showing he was at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared in 2007.

Wolters said: "It is now possible that we could charge. We have that evidence now.

“But it’s not just about charging him – we want to charge him with the best body of evidence possible.

“When we still have questions, it would be nonsense to charge rather than wait for the answers that could strengthen our position.

“That’s why we said we’ll investigate as long as there are leads or information for us to pursue."

Last year German police officers revealed they believe Madeleine is dead and know how she was killed, but prosecutors have no proof of her death and British police are still treating the case as one of a missing person.

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