Madeleine McCann latest news: Christian B ‘hopes of early release have been dashed’ | #childabductors

MADELEINE McCann suspect Christian B’s hopes of an early release have been dashed by a European court, it has been reported.

There was confusion yesterday when Reuters reported the sex offender could be freed within days because the European arrest warrant issued cited the drugs conviction but not the rape charge.

However, this preliminary opinion by Advocate General Michal Bobek is not binding and the rest of the court sided with German prosecutors, it has been reported.

The rape happened in 2005, two years before Madeleine disappeared while holidaying with her family in the same resort.

Christian B, 43, was convicted and sentenced for her rape in December 2019 – 14 years after the brutal attack which devastated her so much she fled to the US.

Meanwhile, the McCann apartment in Praia da Luz was the “prime location” for crime, police told Madeleine’s distraught parents after she was abducted.

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MCCANN’S APARTMENT WAS ‘PRIME LOCATION’ FOR CRIME

In her book ‘Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her’, Kate McCann details how their ground-floor apartment was a “prime” spot for criminals.

She wrote: “Though I envied David and Fiona with their sea view, being on the ground floor meant we didn’t have to worry about the children’s safety on a balcony.”

Kate continues: “Later, we were told by the British police that the ground-floor location, access to roads front and side, secluded entrance and partial tree cover made our apartment a prime target for burglars and criminals.

“Never once did this occur to us when we arrived.”

MADDIE – MISSING FOR 13 YEARS

Madeleine McCann was just three when she disappeared while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007.

German investigators have alleged that Christian B, 43, killed her soon after abducting her from a holiday apartment in the resort.

That’s despite British police continuing to treat her vanishing as a missing persons probe.

He is in jail in Germany for drug dealing, and is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman, also at Praia da Luz.

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation into him, previously told the PA news agency that prosecutors have “concrete evidence”, but not “forensic evidence” that Madeleine was killed by the suspect.”

LAWYER SAYS SUSPECT WILL NOT COOPERATE

The lawyer for Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B says his client will never co-operate with police.

Speaking to 9News, Friedrich Fulscher said B silence was not a sign he has something to hide, but a fundamental right.

He said: “Before our client starts to cooperate with the prosecutor’s office, you could order holy water as a long drink in hell.”

He added: “The prosecutors office has to prove that a suspect has committed a crime, and not the suspect prove that he hasn’t.”

WOMAN BEGS POLICE TO SEARCH HOME FOR BODY

German police have been asked to search a second former home of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B.

The new owner is said to have called detectives last month after the convicted paedophile was identified on national TV news.

The 30-year-old woman fears he may have hidden evidence of his crimes on an allotment plot near Braunschweig.

She told the Sunday People: “I am worried he may have buried a body here. I want the police to dig the ground and check.”

MADDIE’S SUSPECT WILL STAY CAGED

THE PRIME suspect in the Madeleine McCann case will remain behind bars.

He will stay in jail as German prosecutors investigate him over three-year-old Madeleine’s abduction in 2007.

Christian B’s lawyer Friedrich Fulscher insisted the ECJ’s final ruling was not a foregone conclusion.

He told The Sun: “I don’t see this as a setback. The opinion does not convince me.”

The suspect, serving 21 months for drugs offences, was named in June by German prosecutors, who are convinced Madeleine is dead.

POLICE REGRETS

MADELEINE McCann investigator Mark Williams-Thomas says if British police were in control of the case from day one they would have linked a suspect “within days”.

Within 72 hours of the three-year-old’s disappearance, investigative journalist and former detective in the Surrey Police Mark Williams-Thomas was in Praia da Luz.

The specialist in major crimes and child abuse has explained how British police would have handled the case if they were in charge from day one.

He told The Express: “It’s crucial to get house-to-house done really quickly, particularly in an area like that – if you’re doing house-to-house in central London you’re dealing with people who are living there, whereas in Praia da Luz you’re dealing with a transient community who are largely holidayers.

“The British police, we’ve had considerable experience dealing with critical time-sensitive cases, in particular, child abductions.

“We’ve learnt from major mistakes we’ve made in cases in the past.”

WRONG WARRANT

GERMAN authorities did not follow correct procedures when they extradited Christian B from Italy for a rape charge, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday.

Christian B, who lived in the Algarve region of Portugal when 3-year-old Madeleine vanished from her bedroom in 2007, had challenged the validity of the European arrest warrant issued by Germany because it cited a drugs conviction but not the 2005 rape charge.

The 43-year-old German was extradited to Germany from Italy under the warrant in 2018 and sentenced for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal in December 2019.

German authorities were required to get the consent of the Italian authorities for the rape charge so that the former could carry out their proceedings lawfully, CJEU Advocate General Michal Bobek said.

PORTUGAL RAPE FILMED

The widow raped by Christian B feared he would kill her during a horrific 15-minute ordeal in Portugal in 2005.

The American woman was beaten with a razor-sharp sword after the fiend broke into her villa.

Christian B was convicted and sentenced for her rape in December 2019 – 14 years after the brutal attack which devastated her so much she fled to the US.

A seven-year jail term for the rape in Praia da Luz is due to kick in at the end of him serving time for drugs trafficking, in January next year.

Portuguese police had failed to crack the rape case in 2005, but Christian B was arrested 12 years later when two pals reported him after finding disturbing films in his home.

They said the video clips showed him raping and torturing his elderly victim.

DNA sample taken from a hair at the scene helped convict him and he was jailed for seven years last December.

‘MAKES ME SICK’

A man, known only as Tomas, said he was horrified to realise the man who gave him a lift in a camper 13 years ago was the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

He told the Mail Online: “It makes me sick to think that the little girl could have been taken away in the same van a month later.”

In newly unearthed footage the paedophile, 43, can be seen laughing as he is filmed by three German travellers he had offered to drive from Portugal to Spain.

In the video obtained by the Mail Online, Christian B can be seen wearing a white sweatshirt and black necklace, joking around while looking at a map in the back of the distinctive rusting campervan.

The video, dating back to March 30 2007, was taken just five weeks before Madeleine went missing from the holiday apartment, sparking one of the biggest missing persons cases in recent history.

Tomas added: “He seemed like any other ordinary young man.

“He was cheerful and joked a lot and happy to give us a ride in his VW van.

“He didn’t mind us filming him and taking his pictures.

“He was happy to pose and must have known we could never suspect what a terrible man he really was.”

For the full story, see HERE.

CHRISTIAN B: HIS CRIMINAL PAST

WHAT NEXT FOR CHRISTIAN B’S RAPE APPEAL?

Today’s ruling on Christian B’s bid to overturn a rape conviction was only preliminary.

It is an “opinion” given by Advocate General Michael Bobek today at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg.

That means it’s not binding, and Christian B’s appeal has not yet been concluded.

He is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal, for which he was sentenced to seven years’ prison.

The appeal case delves into a legal point relating to his extradition from Portugal – and later, Italy – to Germany, where he is currently in prison serving time for drug trafficking.

Bobek said the consent of only the Italian authorities was needed for the Germans to carry out their proceedings legally.

It comes ahead of a final decision by ECJ judges at a later date.

ECJ judges usually back the Advocate Generals’ opinions.

THE CONVICTION CHRISTIAN B IS TRYING TO OVERTURN

Christian B has been convicted and sentenced for the rape of a 72 year old American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005, near where Madeleine McCann went missing two years later.

His victim was beaten with a razor-sharp sword after he broke into her villa.

A seven-year jail term for the rape in Praia da Luz is due to kick in at the end of him serving time for drugs trafficking, in January next year.

PROSECUTORS JUBILANT OVER CHRISTIAN B COURT RESULT

German prosecutor Julia Meyer told The Sun:”We are happy with this opinion from the European Court of Justice.

“It means our suspect won’t be going anywhere soon and will be staying in jail.

”We note that the advocate general shares our view, which we are delighted with and we await the final verdict.”

COURT OPINION NOT BINDING

A court has sided against the suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in his bid to overturn a rape conviction.

At the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, Advocate General Michael Bobek gave a preliminary ruling on a legal point relating to Christian B’s extradition to Germany from Portugal and later Italy.

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Bobek said that Christian B was “prosecuted in Germany successively in three criminal cases for various offences: for dealing with narcotics; for sexual abuse of a child committed in Portugal and for a serious rape also committed in Portugal (predatory extortion)”.

According to court documents, Christian B was extradited from Portugal for sexually abusing a minor in June 2017, then travelled to the Netherlands and Italy while still on probation after his release.

He was extradited to Germany from Italy in October 2018 on a warrant for drug trafficking before being tried and convicted of rape and extortion in December last year.

Christian B’s legal challenge centres on whether the German authorities needed Portugal’s consent to bring rape proceedings because of the 2017 extradition.

Italy had agreed he could be tried for rape and extortion in Germany.

A preliminary opinion by Bobek, which is not binding, on Thursday said the consent of only the Italian authorities was needed for the Germans to carry out their proceedings legally.

WHO IS MADELEINE SUSPECT CHRISTIAN B?

German sex offender Christian B, who is currently serving time in prison for drug offences, is being investigated following Madeleine McCann’s disappearance during her family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007.

He is a prolific burglar, who has previous convictions for sex crimes against young girls.

The prime suspect was already known to British and Portuguese police in relation to Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia da Luz.

Christian B has 17 child sex convictions and is known to have videoed victims.

Yet recent information came from a witness who stepped forward following an appeal by the Met Police on the tenth anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction in 2017.

He is in jail in Kiel on drugs charges and is appealing a conviction for the rape of a 72-year-old.

Who is Madeleine McCann suspect ‘Christian B’ from Germany?

GERMAN PROSECUTOR ‘PLEASED’

German prosecutor Julia Meyer says “we are pleased” after a European court sided against the suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in his bid to overturn a rape conviction.

Christian B is serving a prison sentence in Germany for drug trafficking.

He is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal, for which he was sentenced to seven years in jail.

The case, at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, hinges on a legal point relating to his extradition to Germany from Portugal and later Italy.

According to court documents, Christian was extradited from Portugal for sexually abusing a minor in June 2017, then travelled to the Netherlands and Italy while still on probation after his release.

He was extradited to Germany from Italy in October 2018 on a warrant for drug trafficking before being tried and convicted of rape and extortion in December last year.

Christian’s legal challenge centres on whether the German authorities needed Portugal’s consent to bring rape proceedings because of the 2017 extradition.

Italy had agreed he could be tried for rape and extortion in Germany.

A preliminary opinion by Advocate General Michal Bobek, which is not binding, on Thursday said the consent of only the Italian authorities was needed for the Germans to carry out their proceedings legally.

It comes ahead of a final decision by ECJ judges at a later date.

German prosecutor Julia Meyer told the PA news agency: “The advocate general shares our opinion.

“We are pleased and wait for the decision of the court the next few weeks.”

COURT SIDES AGAINST MADELEINE SUSPECT IN RAPE APPEAL BID

Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B’s hopes of an early release have been dashed by a European court, it has been reported.

German investigators believe the 43-year-old killed Madeleine, then three, after abducting her from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

He is serving a prison sentence in Germany for drug trafficking.

Christian B is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in the same Portuguese resort, for which he was sentenced to seven years in jail.

The case, at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, hinges on a legal point relating to his extradition to Germany from Portugal and later Italy.

The European arrest warrant issued cited the drugs conviction but not the rape charge.

According to court documents, Christian was extradited from Portugal for sexually abusing a minor in June 2017, then travelled to the Netherlands and Italy whilst still on probation after his release.

He was extradited to Germany from Italy in October 2018 on a warrant for drug trafficking before being tried and convicted of rape and extortion in December last year.

His legal challenge centres on whether the German authorities needed Portugal’s consent to bring rape proceedings because of the 2017 extradition.

Italy had agreed he could be tried for rape and extortion in Germany.

The rest of the court sided with German prosecutors, it has been reported.

For the full story, see HERE.

‘IT CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE’

The elderly American widow raped by Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian B told an FBI agent the horrific attack “changed my whole life and led to me moving back to the United States.”

Official documents tell how she didn’t notice balaclava-clad fiend slipping into her Portuguese home in 2005, because she was gripped by TV news about Hurricane Katrina.

She told the agent: “I went to the study. I was grabbed by a very strong and tall man by the neck in the dark and pulled up the five stone stairs into the bedroom.

“I was briefly able to recognise a masked figure.

“Dark eyes looked out of slits and he had held a long, curved knife, which looked like a sabre.”

Widow, 72, raped by Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B told cops ‘I feared I was going to die’

COURT OPINION IN MADELEINE MCCANN SUSPECT RAPE APPEAL

In Luxembourg, a court opinion sought in a rape appeal involving Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B should be known today.

The 43-year-old is appealing a conviction for raping a 72-year-old woman.

His lawyers are arguing a technical legal point involving his extradition.

A ruling from the European Court of Justice could be known today at the earliest, said the Associated Press.

The widow raped by Christian B feared he would kill her during a horrific 15-minute ordeal.

The American woman, aged 72, was beaten with a razor-sharp sword after the fiend broke into her villa.

He also bound, gagged and tortured her during the sex attack and she told police: “I feared I was going to die.”

The battered and bruised victim was so traumatised she gave up her Portuguese retirement home and fled to the US.

Evil Christian B escaped justice for 12 years before he was nailed by DNA evidence taken from a hair at the scene.

The woman spent two days with investigators recounting her ordeal in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in September 2005 — two years before Madeleine vanished from the Ocean Club complex in the same Algarve resort.

A female FBI agent interviewed the widow about the attack on behalf of Portuguese police.

WHO IS CHRISTIAN B?

Christian B, who we are not naming for legal reasons, is the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance and was born in Germany in 1976 but moved to Portugal in his late teens.

The 43-year-old paedo – who has twice been convicted for sex crimes against kids – was thought to live nearby where the holiday villa when Madeleine disappeared in 2005.

The pervert is believed to have been leading a “transient lifestyle”, travelling to and from Portugal and Germany.

He was convicted of raping of a 72-year-old American woman in the same resort where Maddie went missing, but is to appealing the charge.

UPDATE: MADDIE SUSPECT CHRISTIAN B IS TO HEAR OUTCOME OF PORTUGAL RAPE APPEAL

The 43-year-old’s lawyer argues he should be freed from jail on a technicality over his conviction for a rape of a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz.

Judges at European Court of Justice will tomorrow give their opinion ahead of a final verdict on the appeal.

The rape happened in 2005 which was two years before Madeleine disappeared while holidaying with her family in the same resort.

IMAGE ‘FIXED INDELIBLY’ IN GERRY’S MEMORY FROM HOUR BEFORE DISAPPEARANCE

In a book written by the missing toddler’s heartbroken parents, Gerry’s final memory of seeing his daughter is recalled.

It reads: “Madeleine was lying there on her left-hand side, her legs under the covers, in exactly the same position as we’d left her.

“For Gerry, this became one of those images I described earlier, pictures that fix themselves indelibly, almost photographically, in the memory.

“He paused for a couple of seconds to look at Madeleine and thought to himself, she’s so beautiful.

“After pulling the bedroom door to, restoring it to its original angle, he went to the bathroom before leaving the apartment.”

MADELEINE – MISSING FOR 13 YEARS

Madeleine McCann was three when she disappeared while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007.

German investigators have alleged that Christian B, 43, killed her soon after abducting her from a holiday apartment in the resort.

That’s despite British police continuing to treat her vanishing as a missing persons probe.

He is in jail in Germany for drug dealing, and is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman, also at Praia da Luz.

The paedo is a suspect in a string of unsolved crimes, reportedly including an alleged attack on a 10-year-old British girl in the resort in 2005, one of a series of incidents where young girls were targeted.

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation into him, previously told the PA news agency that prosecutors have “concrete evidence”, but not “forensic evidence” that Madeleine was killed by the suspect.

He said they may “know more” than Scotland Yard, who are still treating the case as a missing person investigation.

There has also been search activity in Portugal.

Earlier this month police and divers in the Algarve examined three disused wells around 10 miles from Praia da Luz.

SQUALID VILLA

The new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case once lived in a squalid villa in Portugal – just a few miles from where the youngster went missing in The Algarve.

Pics of the “disgusting and vile” farmhouse-style property show rubbish scattered outside and a badly overgrown garden.

Neighbours in Portugal described its former resident as an “angry” man who vanished suddenly after leaving a bizarre collection of wigs and exotic clothing.

One told Sky News: “He arrived in the mid-nineties and rented the place from the English owner.

“He went back to Germany at one stage and moved another German guy in to look after it, then came back and threw him out on the street.

“He was always a bit angry, driving fast up and down the lane, and then one day, around 2006, he just disappeared without a word.”

The woman then added: “About six months later I was asked to help clean up the place and it was disgusting, absolutely vile.

“It had been trashed, with broken stuff like computers all over the place.

“We found a bin bag and inside were wigs and exotic clothing, whether just fancy dress or something stranger I couldn’t tell.”

She revealed she was later contacted by Scotland Yard who quizzed her about her former neighbour.


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