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Portuguese police mug shots by Christian Brueckner from 1999 reveal that officials knew about the dirty past


Mug pictures of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner from two decades when he abused a six-year-old girl in the playground. PROVE that the Portuguese police knew about his past but still dismissed him as a suspect

  • The pictures come from the Algarve in 1999 – eight years before Madeleine was missing
  • The then 22-year-old Christian Brueckner was returned to Germany for imprisonment
  • Brueckner sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl in a playground in 1994
  • The drifter served a two-year sentence before returning from Praia da Luz to the village
  • The pictures are further evidence of the incompetence of the first police investigation

The picture series was taken in the Algarve in July 1999 – eight years before the youngster was kidnapped from Praia da Luz

Mug pictures of Madeleine McCann's suspect Christian Brueckner from two decades prove that the Portuguese police knew about his dirty past, but nevertheless dismissed him as a suspect.

The picture series was taken in the Algarve in July 1999 – eight years before the youngster was kidnapped from Praia da Luz.

The then 22-year-old Brückner was extradited to Germany in 1994 to be jailed for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in a playground in 1994.

The drifter served a two-year sentence before returning to Portugal – he lived in towns and villages near Praia da Luz.

The images buried in court documents in the provincial town of Silves are further evidence of the incompetence of the first police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance from an apartment in May 2007.

Brücker's name should have been included in a police list of well-known sex offenders in the Algarve.

But it wasn't, and Portuguese detectives never thought the German could be involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

The then 22-year-old Brückner was extradited to Germany to be taken to prison

In 1994 he sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl in a playground

The then 22-year-old Brueckner (left and right in the mug shots from 1999) was extradited to Germany in order to be sent to a playground in 1994 for sexual assault on a six-year-old girl

The drifter (pictured in the 1999 mug shot) served a two-year sentence before returning to Portugal - he lived in towns and villages near Praia da Luz

The drifter (pictured in the 1999 mug shot) served a two-year sentence before returning to Portugal – he lived in towns and villages near Praia da Luz

The drifter confessed to the Portuguese authorities seven years later that he was a sexual predator, but this, too, was never recorded.

He told a Portuguese judge that he was in prison in Germany for sex crimes against children after he was arrested in 2006 for the theft of diesel.

Brueckner did not become suspicious until ten years later when he boasted about drinking with a friend in a bar in Hanover that he knew what had happened to Madeleine in Portugal.

Brueckner only became suspicious ten years later when he bragged to a friend in a bar in Hanover that he knew what had happened to Madeleine (picture) in Portugal

Brueckner only became suspicious ten years later when he bragged to a friend in a bar in Hanover that he knew what had happened to Madeleine (picture) in Portugal

The German federal police asked the PFY to investigate Brueckner and found that he took a phone in Praia da Luz shortly before the youth disappeared.

His former lover Nicole Fehlinger was accused of having stolen 100,000 euros in savings from a family as an accomplice and could be the key to solving the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance.

But the mother of three children has always claimed that she hardly knows the serial sex offender.

The German federal police asked the PFY to investigate Brueckner (photo 2018) and found that he took a phone in Praia da Luz shortly before Madeleine disappeared

The German federal police asked the PFY to investigate Brueckner (photo 2018) and found that he took a phone in Praia da Luz shortly before Madeleine disappeared

Last month, German police named Brueckner the main suspect in the kidnapping and murder of three-year-old Madeleine, who disappeared on vacation on May 3, 2007 in Praia da Luz with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann.

Detectives in northern Germany have desperately asked for information for six weeks to link Brueckner to the kidnapping of the youth, but have not yet received the crucial evidence they need.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who heads the investigation, has told the McCanns that they have concrete evidence that Madeleine was killed in the biggest breakthrough in the 13-year-old case.

He said he hoped to indict Brueckner in the next two months – but he added that her investigation would not drag on forever.

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