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Live Madeleine McCann updates as convicted rapist declared formal suspect

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

The Portuguese prosecutor’s office confirmed “a defendant was appointed this Wednesday”.

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

An “arguido” – normally translated as “named suspect” or “formal suspect” – is someone who is treated by Portuguese police as more than a witness but has not been arrested or charged.

A Portuguese source added: “The legal grounds for making [Christian B] an arguido include the fact that he allegedly confessed to a friend he had snatched Madeleine and mobile phone records placed him in Praia da Luz the night she vanished.”

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.

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

  • What is an ‘arguido’?

    Christian B was told yesterday he was now an ‘arguido’ in Portugal in his German prison cell according to an insider.

    An “arguido” – normally translated as “named suspect” or “formal suspect” – is someone who is treated by Portuguese police as more than a witness but has not been arrested or charged.

    Detectives invoke arguido status on someone as a preliminary to an arrest being made or charges brought, but that does not mean arrests or charges automatically follow.

  • 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.

  • Christian B confirmed as official suspect

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

    The Portuguese prosecutor’s office confirmed “a defendant was appointed this Wednesday”.

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

    An “arguido” – normally translated as “named suspect” or “formal suspect” – is someone who is treated by Portuguese police as more than a witness but has not been arrested or charged.

    A Portuguese source added: “The legal grounds for making [Christian B] an arguido include the fact that he allegedly confessed to a friend he had snatched Madeleine and mobile phone records placed him in Praia da Luz the night she vanished.



Reference-www.thesun.co.uk

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