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The 44-year-old known only as Christian B. has broken his silence a year on from the major development in the case that gripped the world when the toddler vanished from an apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007. In a handwritten letter, he branded the legal probe a “scandal” and said the investigating public prosecutor should resign from his duties.
Last summer the German national was identified as the prime suspect for Madeleine’s disappearance by prosecutors in Germany.
They claimed they possessed “concrete evidence” that the British child was dead.
Christian B, a multiple sex offender who was in custody for another offence at the time of the revelation, lived in Portugal for a period.
In his letter on paper, he wrote: “Charging an accused is one thing.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family’s rented apartment in Portugal in 2007
Gerry McCann holds up a poster of his missing daughter
“Something completely different – namely, it is an unbelievable scandal – when a public prosecutor starts a public campaign for prejudice before a court case is opened.
“Freedom of expression is not a basic right so that everyone can say and write what they want. Freedom of expression does not protect the majority.
“It protects the minority.”
He continued: “It does not protect the most logical, most convincing or most popular views, but rather the outsider position.”
Police pictured in scrubland near where Maddie vanished
He went on to demand that senior public prosecutors resign from their offices.
He said: “I call on the Brunswick public prosecutors Wolters and (Ute) Lindemann to resign from their offices.
“Both are proving worldwide through my arbitrary condemnation in the past and through their scandalous pre-denial campaign in the present against me as an innocent person that they are not suitable for an office as a lawyer for the honest and trusting German people and you bring shame onto the judiciary.”
The suspect, who remains in a Lower Saxony prison for rape, has not yet been confronted with allegations in the Maddie case.
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Investigators scour scrubland near the apartment where Madeleine disappeared
Asked about the investigation last month, Braunschweig public prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: “No, the accused has not yet been questioned.”
According to Mr Wolters, the investigations will certainly take a few more months to conduct their work and they might possibly also last into the next year or beyond.
It was not unusual for the questioning of an accused – as in this case – to take place at the end of the investigation, he emphasised.
Christian B. is suspected of abducting Madeleine from her family’s rented holiday apartment in Praia de Luz and murdering her.
A woman who met him after he returned to his native Germany following a stint in Portugal said he appeared to be trying to turn his life around after run-ins with police.
The woman known as Lenta J. said she met him in Braunschweig in 2013 after he opened a kiosk.
In a video interview, she claimed he had invited the whole neighbourhood to his stall in a bid to get to know locals.
Afterwards, Lenta J. stopped by every now and then when she wanted to run a few errands quickly, she said.
Madeleine was kidnapped from a ground floor apartment
She claimed he told her he had been living in Portugal where he had gotten involved in drugs, theft and trouble with the law.
He claimed he no longer wanted to lead such a life.
After she learned he was suspected of murdering little Madeleine, she said she was shocked.
She explained: “I never expected that he could do that to a child.
“In the kiosk he was actually always a very friendly person, was funny, quick-witted, and was always well dressed.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.