#childabductors | New mugshot emerges of Madeleine McCann suspect from 2006 just a year before she disappeared

The new pictures came as Germany’s highest court, the Bundesgerichtshof, confirmed it would decide whether Brückner will be granted parole for a drugs offence he is currently imprisoned for in Kiel, northern Germany. 

The ruling was expected from the local courts in Kiel and Braunschweig, where the 43-year-old last lived in Germany, after he finished two thirds of his sentence on June 6. 

But both institutions ruled the case was outside of their jurisdiction, prompting an intervention from the country’s equivalent of the Supreme Court. 

If the Bundesgerichtshof rules in Brückner’s favour, he could be a free man by July 17 depending on a separate legal challenge currently before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). 

Brückner is appealing his conviction of raping a 72-year-old American woman after an administrative error from the German police who extradited him from Portugal on a drugs charge but then put him on trial for rape. 

The police blunder could result in the ECJ, which is expected to hand down its decision by mid-July, ordering a retrial or scrapping the conviction altogether.

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