The prime suspect for Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has come out with an odd excuse as to why he could not have snatched the toddler.
Christian Brueckner, 44, claimed that he could not have taken Madeleine because he was a drug dealer who wanted to avoid the police.
The German was named as the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case in 2020 and German prosecutors are still convinced he’s the man responsible, despite no charges having been brought forward.
According to a new German documentary, New Clues In The Case Of Missing Madeleine McCann, the convicted rapist has claimed he would not have been out and about when the three-year-old went missing in 2007.
The documentary reveals a series of letters exchanged with investigative reporter Jutta Rabe and alongside admitting he's worked as a drug dealer, Brueckner wrote: "I was never caught by the police because I followed a few key principles.
"Where possible, only driving during the day so that my battered 'hippy bus' didn't attract attention, only driving on the roads I needed to and most importantly never provoking the police.
"So that means not committing any crimes, certainly not abducting anyone."
Brueckner is currently serving a seven-year sentence for raping a 73-year-old American woman at her home on the Algarve in Portugal.
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Madeleine went missing from her holiday home in Portugal on May 3, 2007, just days before her fourth birthday.
Her parents, Kate and Gerry, had gone out for tapas with friends while Madeleine and siblings were in bed.
When they got back, she had disappeared and has never been seen again in what is known as one of the world’s most famous child disappearance cases.
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