Madeleine McCann suspect has two ribs broken in holding cell ahead of court date

The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance has been taken to hospital in an ambulance after reportedly having two ribs broken in a holding cell.

Christian Brueckner is reported to have suffered the injury when he was taken to court today for his first public appearance since he was identified as a suspect in the disappearance of the toddler.

The convicted rapist and paedophile, 43, was due to appear before German judges to apply for parole over a drugs case that he is involved in.

Brueckner is currently serving 21 months for drug-related offences and is eligible for release on January 6 next year having served two-thirds of his sentence.

He is the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann disappearance.

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Brueckner was identified by German police after they had "concrete evidence" Maddie is dead.

Detectives claim Brueckner abducted and murdered Madeleine, who was known to spend time in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve, where the youngster went missing in May 2007.

He was driven from the German prison in Kiel to the courtroom in Braunschweig almost 300km away for a hearing.

But before the behind closed doors session could begin shortly after midday, he was hospitalised where it was revealed he had apparently broken two ribs.

Brueckner had arrived at the court an hour before the hearing was due to begin, and he was kept in the holding cell where the incident is said to have happened.

The ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital 40 minutes after he arrived.

Eyewitnesses report saying that a prison guard in the entrance greeted the medics by telling them: "Somebody's been rioting in there."

He was in the emergency room for an hour before being led back to court with both handcuffs on his wrists and shackles on his feet before the hearing continued two hours late.

Court officials have refused to discuss the incident, saying that an investigation was underway. His defence lawyer Friedrich Fuelscher, 36, was heard loudly arguing with prison guards about video footage of the incident from a camera watching the cell where he was being kept.

It is unclear what this has to do with the fact that he was injured or how he was injured.

Regarding the hearing, a source at the court said: "The hearing is to decide on whether he can have parole for the drugs case.

"Technically he can be freed in early January as he has served his time but the prosecution is opposing it because of the outstanding Madeleine McCann investigation."

Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry say they have never given up hope of finding their daughter alive.

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