Christian Brueckner : “McCann Suspect Silent in Unrelated Trial”

BERLIN — The trial of a 47-year-old German man, identified as Christian Brueckner by the media, has opened in Germany, where he faces charges of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual abuse of children. The offences are alleged to have taken place in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The defendant, who is also under investigation in the case of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, has chosen to remain silent during the trial, according to his lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher.

The suspect, who spent several years in Portugal, including in the resort of Praia da Luz around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007, has denied any involvement in her case. He is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Germany for a rape committed in Portugal in 2005.

The trial, which began last week at the Braunschweig state court in northern Germany, was briefly adjourned on its first day due to a challenge filed by Fulscher against a lay judge on the panel. The judge had allegedly spread a call to kill former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on social media, leading to her removal from the case and facing an investigation herself.

Despite the mounting legal challenges, Fulscher remains confident in his client’s acquittal, criticizing the evidence presented in the indictment as “abysmal.” The German legal system does not require defendants to respond to charges, and formal pleas are not made.

The trial has garnered international attention due to the high-profile nature of the case and the suspect’s connection to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The Braunschweig state court continues to hear evidence in the trial as the legal proceedings unfold.

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