Little Briton Madeleine McCann disappeared from her room on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, in the small seaside resort of Praia da Luz, in the south of Portugal, where she was staying on vacation with her family.
At the beginning of June, German justice had made a surprising announcement with the arrest of a suspect in the McCann case and had already assumed that the child was no longer alive. The suspect is Christian Bruckner, a 43-year-old German. The 40-year-old, already convicted of pedophilia, is currently imprisoned for drug trafficking in a prison in Kiel, in the north of the country. Having already served two-thirds of his detention, he asked for early release.
The man was also sentenced to seven years in prison for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz. This sentence should be effective soon.
According to the Daily Mirror, Christian Bruckner has applied to the European Court of Justice to have this conviction set aside. The German claims that he was extradited to Germany by Italy, where he was arrested in 2018, and ultimately convicted on the basis of a non-compliant European arrest warrant, which related to drug, not rape.
The court is expected to rule in the coming weeks, according to the Mirror.