Madeleine “Maddy” McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday, from the holiday home her parents had rented in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The German judiciary announced last year German Christian Bruckner Suspicion.
Amaral told AFP that German authorities had “created a suspect”, following the publication of a new book on the case called “Maddy: Enough of Lies”. “If they (German authorities) had anything against him, he would have been charged and convicted,” the Portuguese said. He adds that there is still no evidence of a kidnapping.
Fourteen months after a controversial investigation, in which the parents also became suspicious, Portuguese police sorted out the case, only to reignite it five years later. The German was on the list of people to be questioned, but the police did not find him and were unable to speak to him in 2007. According to Amaral, the police had to insist on speaking to him.
In 2008, the former investigator also published a book on the mystery. In it, he said that the parents were involved in the disappearance. The parents sued for defamation and wanted the book banned. After being convicted in 2015, he was acquitted in 2017.