The suspect, whose identity has not been confirmed, was indicted on Wednesday, the prosecution said in a statement.
But this twist comes as the German authorities claim since 2020 to have evidence of the murder of little Maddie, identifying a German repeat pedophile,
Christian B.as the prime suspect.
This man is currently serving a prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American in 2005 in southern Portugal.
Madeleine McCann, known as Maddie, disappeared on May 3, 2007 shortly before her fourth birthday in Praia da Luz, a seaside resort in southern Portugal, where she was vacationing with her parents and a group of friends.
Her disappearance gave rise to an exceptional international campaign to try to find her. Photos of little Maddie, with her bobbed light brown hair and big clear eyes, have gone viral.
After 14 months of controversial investigations, marked in particular by the indictment of the parents, before they were cleared, the Portuguese police closed the case in 2008 before reopening the file five years later.
The file had been reopened after the appearance of new elementsexplained to the AFP a spokesperson for the public prosecutor’s office, stating that since then the investigation has been continuing
with the cooperation of the English and German authorities.
But it was not until June 2020 that the case suddenly accelerated, when the Brunswick prosecutor’s office announced that it had become certain that the girl was dead and that its suspicions related to a 43-year-old man, then in detention in Kiel. , in northern Germany, for another matter.
According to German investigators, he lived at the time of the events a few kilometers from the hotel in Praia da Luz where the child disappeared. In prison,
Christian B. had to be placed in solitary confinement to prevent him from being attacked by fellow prisoners, we then learned from the same source.
After having been omnipresent in the media during the months following Madeleine’s disappearance, her parents have maintained a relative silence for several years from which they only wanted to come out in the event of a major rebound in the affair.