Madeleine McCann suspect 'had an accomplice during her kidnap and murder'

Detectives believe Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner wasn’t working alone when he allegedly kidnapped her, a Portuguese programme has claimed.

In an episode due to air on Friday, Sexta às 9 will state that police think Brueckner had an accomplice who helped him take Madeleine, three, from her family’s apartment in May 2007.

Presenter Sandra Felgueiras also shared pictures of the prime suspect’s former girlfriend with a witness, who was living in the Algarve around the time Madeleine disappeared.

Friedrich Fuelcher, who is Brueckner’s lawyer, was also interviewed as part of the show. He told Ms Felgueiras that prosecutors are using his client as a ‘scapegoat’ and don’t have strong evidence to support their claims.

He also claimed that the key witness against his client is a convicted criminal and therefore cannot be relied on.

Brueckner, a German citizen, is currently in Justizvollzugsanstalt Kiel prison, where he is trying to overturn his sentence for raping a woman, 73, in Portugal.

He was previously convicted of abusing a child in park in 2013, and is also serving time for drug offences.

Braunschweig prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters has repeatedly stated that he believes Brueckner killed Madeleine.

Fridays’s show will see him tell Ms Felgueiras he has evidence she is dead, the Mail Online reports.

Previous reports have indicated that detectives are investigating an alleged accomplice in Madeleine’s disappearance, after witnesses described seeing two blonde men outside her family’s apartment before she vanished.

Brueckner was also reportedly seen with a fair-haired man shortly before he was arrested for exposing himself to a child in a park in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, just 40 minutes from Praia de Luz, in 2017.

The other man was said to have fled the scene, The Sun reports.

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