In a letter to a journalist, the main suspect in the Maddie McCann case asserted his innocence. But with one sentence he makes himself suspicious.
Praia da Luz – 16 years. That's how long the Maddie McCann case has been unsolved. Since the British girl disappeared from a holiday apartment on the Algarve coast in Portugal in 2007, new, supposed traces have been appearing again and again. Just recently, a reservoir near the apartment was searched for new clues. The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office now assumes that the German Christian B. is responsible for Maddie's disappearance.
The case of Maddie McCann has been unsolved for years. Will it be solved after all? © imagebroker/Imago
Christian B. is considered the main suspect in the Maddie McCann case
Actually, the 46-year-old wanted to assert his innocence when he wrote a letter to a British journalist. In order to show the public that he had nothing to do with the kidnapping of Maddie McCann, the Daily Mail has obtained the letter. Christian B. has a criminal record for serious child sexual abuse and lived regularly in the Algarve from 1995 to 2007.
Due to an incriminating testimony, Christian B. was targeted by the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). The key witness Helge B. is a former acquaintance of the main suspect. According to his testimony, the two had met in Spain in March 2008.
When the question arose as to whether Christian B. would go back to Portugal, he answered "no". There are problems there and too many police are on the road because of the missing girl. Helge B. is said to have said that it was strange that the child could disappear so without a trace. Christian B.'s alleged response: "Yes, she didn't scream." B. describes this scene in the letter, which is available to the DailyMail and Bild.
Wants to convince of his innocence: Christian B. writes letter
In his letter, the suspect quotes this statement and calls Helge B. a "liar". According to Christian B., Helge B. wanted to be released early from a prison sentence in Greece. According to Bild, the witness denies this, saying that he has served the sentence in full.
Christian B.'s defense lawyers have already complained about the public prosecutor's office in the past. The defendant's lawyer considers the testimony to be implausible. He told Bild: "First of all, it must be determined whether such a conversation has taken place at all. Other witnesses have given divergent statements, namely that such a conversation never took place. Only then can we talk about the specific content and its interpretation. For me, that's hot air so far."