Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner has bid to get out of jail rejected as court rules extradition was legal

  • Christian Brueckner challenged arrest warrant issued over 2005 rape charge
  • The 43-year-old was extradited from Italy to Germany under the warrant in 2018
  • But the European Court of Justice earlier today found the conviction justified

Christian Brueckner, 43, had challenged the arrest warrant issued over a 2005 rape charge in relation to a separate case

Christian Brueckner, 43, had challenged the arrest warrant issued over a 2005 rape charge in relation to a separate case 

The prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has bid to get out of jail rejected as the European Court of Justice rules his extradition was legal.  

Christian Brueckner, 43, had challenged the arrest warrant issued over a 2005 rape charge in relation to a separate case.

He had been extradited from Italy to Germany under the warrant in 2018.

But the European Court of Justice earlier today found the conviction justified because Italian authorities, who had handed the German suspect over to German authorities, had given their consent for him to be prosecuted for that separate rape case.  

The German suspect was later convicted of the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz. 

Brueckner is currently serving sentences for rape and drug dealing in a prison in Kiel, north Germany. 

In June, Brueckner was identified the German man as a suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann.

The young girl disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was on holiday in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal. 

He has two previous convictions for ‘sexual contact with girls’, authorities say, but they do not have enough evidence to hold him in prison on the strength of the McCann case alone.  

In June, Brueckner was identified the German man as a suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann (pictured), who disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was on holiday in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal

In June, Brueckner was identified the German man as a suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann (pictured), who disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was on holiday in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal 

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