The Federal Criminal Police Office has received hundreds of new reports in the Maddie McCann case. At the beginning of June, the investigators in the ZDF program file number XY ... unsolved to appeal to the public with a witness call. They hoped for new information on the case of the girl Madeleine "Maddie" McCann, who disappeared 13 years ago. Since then, more than 800 clues have been received, some of which are further for the investigation, said BKA investigator Christian Hoppe.
The responsible public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig confirmed the receipt of further information. "In terms of content, however, we cannot and do not want to evaluate them yet," said government spokesman Hans Christian Wolters. The public prosecutor's office is investigating a 43-year-old German on suspicion of murder. The man, who is jailed for other crimes, is suspected of kidnapping the three-year-old British woman on May 3, 2007 from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal. According to their own statements, the investigators already got on his track by pointing out a ZDF broadcast on the Maddie case in October 2013.
On May 3, 2007, the suspect is said to have made a mobile phone call in Praia da Luz at "time relevant". The investigators are therefore still looking for the user of the Portuguese number +351 916 510 683. BKA investigators Hoppe appealed to all viewers who had contact with Portuguese phone numbers up to June 2007 in their old cell phones, telephone books or bills to look for the number. When asked, he did not want to comment on whether the evidence against the 43-year-old was sufficient for an indictment. One approach to further investigation could be to top up the prepaid card in Portugal, it said.
Meanwhile, the suspect's lawyer criticized the investigating public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig: "The public prosecutor's office has obviously injured our client and is now trying to solve their need for evidence," said lawyer Friedrich Fülscher to RTL / n-tv. He is very excited about the evidence-based suspicion of the public prosecutor. "I think this statement by the Braunschweig public prosecutor is extremely daring."
Fülscher defends Christian B. together with Hamburg lawyer Johann Schwenn. Fülscher said that his client was completely different from the public. "I experience him as a very calm and friendly conversation partner." On his advice, his client did not want to give any further information about the allegations.
Missing or dead?
The suspect currently has an application for early release from the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe. Because between the courts in Kiel and Braunschweig, there are different opinions as to which execution chamber is responsible locally. No decision by the BGH is yet known, said a court spokeswoman in Braunschweig.
When Maddie disappeared, the man suspected today was 30 years old. He was a regular visitor to the region between 1995 and 2007. He was punished several times in both Germany and Portugal.
Maddie is still missing for the UK police. The assumption by the German investigators that she was no longer alive had caused a lot of attention and confusion there. Numerous media had subsequently speculated that clear evidence of Madeleine's death should be available in Germany.