Live Maddie McCann updates as major Christian B breakthrough revealed

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CHRISTIAN B has been named an official suspect in the Madeleine McCann case – but he is refusing to co-operate with authorities.

Christian B, 43, was told he is now an ‘arguido’ in Portugal in his German prison cell on Thursday morning according to an insider.

The 44-year-old was handed a document informing him he was being made an arguido over the British youngster’s May 3 2007 disappearance from her Algarve holiday apartment.

He was then quizzed with a barrage of questions after Portuguese prosecutors made him a formal suspect in the unsolved crime

The convicted rapist was asked: “Where were you the night Madeleine McCann disappeared?”

He was asked to account for his whereabouts the night Madeleine vanished as her parents ate tapas nearby with friends, Portuguese sources said.

German authorities acting on behalf of Portuguese prosecutors also asked him: “If you weren’t by the apartment she disappeared from that night, where were you?”

Sources close to the case in Portugal also revealed the suspect answered none of the questions put to him during his jail interrogation, retaining the right to silence afforded him by his new ‘arguido’ status.

It is the first time he has faced a formal quiz over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

It comes after it was revealed the convicted rapist travelled between Praia da Luz and Germany in a camper van for several years before Madeleine vanished.

It is now understood that investigators are focusing their forensic work on the vehicle.

Read our Madeleine McCann blog below for the latest news and updates

  • Forensic work on Christian B’s van

    It has been revealed that the convicted child rapist travelled between Praia da Luz and Germany in a camper van for several years before Madeleine vanished.

    It is now understood that investigators are focusing their forensic work on the vehicle.

  • Official statement from the DIAP

    A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday.

    “The person was made an arguido by the German authorities in execution of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Public Ministry of Portugal.

    “The investigation is led by the Portimao section of the DIAP in Faro with the assistance of the Policia Judiciaria police.

    “The investigation has been carried out with the cooperation of the English and German authorities.”

  • How was the suspect identified?

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

    Yet, the information came from a witness who stepped forward following the appeal by the Met Police on the tenth anniversary in 2017.

    The suspect – who is 45 now – is believed to have been leading a “transient lifestyle” at the time, as he travelled between Portugal and Germany.

    It is believed he was living in the Iberian nation between 1995 and 2007 working in the food industry.

    The man is known to have been in the area at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, having taken a 30-minute phone call an hour before she went missing.

  • Who are Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann?

    Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are both practising Catholics who met in Glasgow in 1993.

    Kate became a GP after studying medicine at the University of Dundee while Gerry has been a consultant cardiologist since 2005.

    The couple got married in 1998 before having their first child, Madeleine, in 2003.

    They also have twin children, a boy and a girl, who were born in 2005 and live in Rothley, Leicestershire.

    Kate and Gerry had been married for nine years when Madeleine disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007.

    Kate and Gerry McCann being interviewed 10 years after their daughter Madeleine McCann went missingCredit: Press Association
  • Madeleine’s parents were once ‘arguidos’

    Parents Gerry and Kate McCann left their three kids, including toddler twins Sean and Amelie, sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at about 10pm that evening, she found Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September 2007, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as “arguidos” or “suspects” by Portuguese police.

    The following summer (2008) the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

  • 15 years since Madeleine disappeared 

    Maddie vanished in 2007 while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal – triggering the most high-profile missing persons case in history.

    On May 3 this year, it will be 15 years since Madeleine disappeared from her family holiday.

  • Christian B’s lawyers deny he’s charged

    CHRISTIAN B’s lawyers denied that he was charged in the Madeleine McCann case after detectives yesterday made him an official suspect. 

    The 44-year-old was named by German prosecutors as the man ‘responsible’ for Madeleine’s kidnap and murder in June 2020.

    The convicted rapist, 44, was yesterday classed as an ‘arguido’ or ‘formal suspect’ by Portuguese police.

    However, his lawyers denied that he was charged over her disappearance. 

    Friedrich Fuelscher, Christian B’s lawyer, said: “The step taken by the Portuguese authorities should not be overrated.

    “I assume that this measure is a procedural artifice to stop the statute of limitations threatening in a few days.”

    Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria and the Attorney General’s Office have yet to make any official comment. 

  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (4/4)

    And now, last night Portuguese detectives confirmed convicted child rapist Christian B as an official suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (3/4)

  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (2/4)

    • July 4, 2013 – Two years into a review of the case, Scotland Yard launch its own investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance. They claim to have “genuinely new” lines of inquiry and identify 38 people of interest including 12 Britons.
    • October 24, 2013– Portuguese police reopen their case after new lines of inquiry are found.
    • November 27, 2013 – Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe called for British and Portuguese police to work together.
    • April 28, 2015 – Detective Goncalo Amaral is ordered to pay Kate and Gerry McCann £209,000 each in damages by a court in Lisbon over claims made in The Truth Of The Lie and bans further sales of the book.
    • October 28, 2015 – Scotland Yard reduces the number of officers working on Madeleine’s disappearance from 29 to four.
  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (1/4)

    • May 3, 2007 – Kate and Gerry McCann leave their children asleep in their holiday apartments while they eat eat a nearby Tapas restaurant. At 10pm Kate finds Madeleine missing.
    • May 14, 2007 – Property developer Robert Murat is quizzed by cops and named an “arguido” or formal suspect.
    • August 31, 2007 – The McCanns launch libel action against Tal e Qual – a newspaper that claimed the couple killed Madeleine.
    • September 7, 2007 – Kate and Gerry McCann are made “arguidos”.
    • September 9, 2007– Madeleine’s parents return to England with their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.
    • October 2, 2007– Lead detective Goncalo Amaral is taken off the case after criticising British police in a newspaper interview.
    • July 21, 2009 – Portuguese police lift the “arguido” status of  both Robert Murat and the McCanns, and shelve the investigation.
    • July 24, 2009 – Detective Goncalo Amaral alleges that Madeleine died in her family’s holiday flat the day she went missing in a book called The Truth Of The Lie. In a documentary for Portuguese television he claims there was no abduction and the McCanns had hidden her body.
    • May 12, 2011 – On Madeleine’s eighth birthday, Mrs McCann publishes a book about her disappearance. Scotland Yard launches a review into the case after a request from Home Secretary Theresa May, supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.
    • April 25, 2012 – Scotland Yard officers say they believe Madeleine McCann is still alive. A new picture is released, showing what she might look like as a 9-year-old, and they call on the Portuguese authorities to reopen the case, but Portuguese police say they have found no new material.
  • How old would Madeleine McCann be now?

    Madeleine would have turned 19 on May 12, 2022.

    In April 2012, UK cops released a computer generated image of Madeleine showing what she would look like aged nine.

    In 2019 updated age progression images were uploaded on social media but Kate and Gerry said the images of Madeleine are bogus.

    Kate and Gerry warned the new fake images were neither “commissioned nor endorsed” by them or Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange team.

  • Explained: When did Madeleine McCann disappear?

    Madeleine vanished 13 years ago on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, Portugal.

    Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar – 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as “arguidos” by Portuguese police.

    The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.



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