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Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B has rape appeal thrown out

Written by on 20/11/2020

The man being investigated over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has had his appeal against a previous rape conviction dismissed.

A federal court in Germany threw out the attempt from Christian B on Friday.

He was convicted last year of the rape of a 72-year-old woman in Portugal in 2005 at the same seaside town where Madeleine went missing.

It has been confirmed that this photograph of Madeleine McCann was taken on the family's current holiday at Praia Da Luz, Algarve, Portugal. Undated McCann family handout of missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann taken during the family's current holiday at Praia Da Luz, Algarve, Portugal.
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Picture by: PA/PA Archive/PA Images
Date taken: 06-May-2007
Image: Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007

Christian B is currently in prison in Kiel for drug offences. He was denied parole earlier this week.

A court heard that the 43-year-old has a long criminal record and has violated parole regulations in the past.

Even though he is a suspect in the McCann case, prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence to hold him on that case alone.

Christian B was identified in June as a suspect in the three-year-old’s 2007 disappearance, with German authorities saying they were investigating him on suspicion of murder.

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Earlier this week he suffered two broken ribs in an incident at a court and was taken to hospital.

He returned later that day for his hearing.

 Sky News

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