Madeleine McCann: Suspect's lawyer calls police allotment search 'a determined act'

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Police with sniffer dogs searched the allotment earlier this week - Martin Meissner/AP
Police with sniffer canines searched the allotment earlier this week – Martin Meissner/AP

Christian Brückner’s lawyer has described the excavation of a Hannover allotment by police as “a pure desperate act” in his first assertion on the case.

Friedrich Sebastian Fülscher, representing the 43-year-old lead suspect within the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, issued the assertion in response to the two-day search by Braunschweig police at an allotment plot simply exterior Hannover earlier this week.

Federal officers uncovered a sealed cellar on Wednesday. 

Locals mentioned Brückner had stayed within the space in 2007, the yr through which three-year-old Madeleine went lacking from Praia da Luz in Portugal.

Brückner is presently serving a sentence for medicine fees, nevertheless it was revealed on Friday that his legal professionals have put in a brand new bid for his launch, that means he might stroll free on January 7.

In a press release on Friday, Mr Fülscher known as the search “a pure desperate act of the public prosecutor’s office”.

“Apparently, it’s hard for investigators to admit they backed the wrong horse,” the lawyer mentioned. “My client is silent on the charges, but that doesn’t mean he has anything to hide.”

Discussing the rape of a 72-year-old American girl for which Brückner was jailed for seven years final yr, which he continues to disclaim, Mr Fülscher mentioned it was “totally unusual” for somebody to be a each a paedophile and a gerontophile.

His remarks come as a movie emerged on Friday (see video above) of Brückner driving a particular VW campervan by Spain weeks earlier than Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3, 2007.

The video, shot on March 30, in the course of the time Brückner was living near Praia da Luz, exhibits him driving a campervan matching the outline of the car German police consider was utilized in Madeleine’s abduction.

In the video, he might be seen laughing and joking with three German vacationers as he drives them alongside Spain’s southern coast.  

One of the passengers, named solely as Tomas, instructed Mail Online: “It makes me sick to think that the little girl could have been taken away in the same van a month later. It is scary to know now that he was a rapist of an elderly woman.”

Brückner drove almost 300 kilometres to volunteer to participate within the journey, which was sponsored by a German radio station.