The appeals for witnesses continue: since the beginning of june, more than 800 television reports have come in about the case of the girl maddie mccann, who disappeared 13 years ago.
Still during the ZDF program “aktenzeichen XY… According to the federal criminal police office (BKA), a further 16 reports were received on wednesday evening. Some are already considered to be further along in the investigation, said BKA investigator christian hoppe.
The responsible public prosecutor’s office in braunschweig confirmed on thursday the receipt of further tips. "In terms of content, however, we cannot and do not yet want to evaluate them," said official spokesman hans christian wolters. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating a 43-year-old german man on suspicion of murder. The man, who is in custody for other offenses, is suspected of killing the three-year-old british girl on 3. May 2007 from a vacation resort in the portuguese praia da luz to have abducted. According to their own information, the investigators were put on his trail by a tip-off following a ZDF broadcast on the maddie case in october 2013.
On 3. May 2007 the suspect is said to have made cell phone calls at "crime-relevant" times in praia da luz. Investigators are therefore still looking for the user of a portuguese cell phone number that was inserted in the ZDF broadcast on wednesday. BKA investigator hoppe appealed to all viewers who had contact with portuguese telephone numbers up to june 2007 to look for the number in their old cell phones, phone books or bills. When asked, he did not want to comment on whether the available evidence against the 43-year-old was already sufficient for an indictment. The charging of the prepaid card in portugal could be a starting point for further investigations, it was said in the evening.
Meanwhile, the suspect’s lawyer sharply criticized the investigating public prosecutor’s office in braunschweig after the broadcast. "The public prosecutor’s office has obviously set its sights on our client and is now trying, by hook or by crook, to remedy its lack of evidence," lawyer friedrich fulscher told the station RTL/n-tv. He is very eager to hear the prosecution’s suspicions based on evidence. "I consider this statement by the public prosecutor’s office in braunschweig to be incredibly daring."
Fulscher defends christian B. Together with hamburger lawyer johann schwenn. Fulscher said his client was completely different from the way it was portrayed in public. "I find him to be a very calm and friendly person to talk to."On his advice, his client does not want to give any further information about the accusations.
The suspect is currently applying to the federal court of justice (BGH) in karlsruhe for early release from liability. The courts in kiel and braunschweig have different opinions about which chamber is responsible for executing sentences. A spokeswoman for the court in braunschweig said on thursday that no decision had yet been made by the federal court of justice.
When maddie disappeared, the man suspected today was 30 years old. He stayed regularly in the region between 1995 and 2007. In germany as well as in portugal he was punished several times. According to "spiegel" his criminal record shows 17 entries.
For the police in great britain, maddie is still considered missing. The assumption by the german investigators that she was no longer alive had caused a great stir and confusion there. Numerous media speculated that there must be clear evidence of madeleine’s death in germany.