Braunschweig (D)Christian B. in court from Friday: Will the Maddie case be solved now?
From Friday, Christian B. will have to answer to a German court for five rapes. The prosecution sees the trial as an opportunity to solve the Maddie McCann case.
The German Christian B. will stand before the regional court in Braunschweig from next Friday. The 47-year-old is charged with five sexual offenses.
Although the trial is not related to the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann, the negotiations could have a major influence on the investigation in this case – because, according to the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office, Christian B. is also the murderer of the missing girl.
How does Friday’s trial play a role in the McCann case? An overview:
What is Christian B. accused of in court?
The German should between 2000 and 2017 in Portugal sexually abused several girls and women between the ages of ten and around 70 to 80 years old. The prosecution is based on video recordings of the crimes that B. recorded himself. In one case he was also arrested on site by the police.
Specifically, the investigators accuse Christian B. of three rapes of young people and women in vacation homes and apartments between 2000 and 2006. Accordingly, the accused is said to have broken into the rooms in order to tie up his victims, brutally abuse them and commit crimes against them.
B. is also accused of sexually abusing two girls aged ten and eleven on beaches and in a playground in 2007 and 2017. In the last case, the victim alerted his father, whereupon the accused was caught on site by police officers.
What does this have to do with Maddie McCann?
Maddie disappeared im May 2007 from a holiday resort on the southern Portuguese Algarve coast, i.e. at a time when Christian B. was also staying there.
The Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office has been investigating Maddie’s disappearance for more than three years. According to their own statements, the investigators assume that Christian B. killed the girl. The authorities have not yet provided any further information on what their suspicions are based on.
Two important German witnesses are to be questioned during the negotiations. These also play a central role in the investigation into Maddie. “If the court believes these witnesses, it could have a positive impact on the investigation in the Maddie case,” explains Christian Wolters, spokesman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office, to “Focus”.
Why is testimony so important?
The main prosecution witness, Helge B., is expected to testify in the trial. The 53-year-old is currently living in a witness protection program in southeastern Europe. The witness spoke about Maddie’s disappearance for the first time last summer. He told the “Bild” newspaper that his colleague at the time, Christian B., drunkenly revealed during a chance encounter in Spain in 2008 that Maddie “didn’t scream at all”.
How long does the process take?
The trial in Braunschweig with a total of 29 days of negotiations is scheduled to last until June. According to “Focus”, the public will then see Christian B. for the first time.
The influx of international media will be huge, writes “Spiegel”. German, British and Portuguese media representatives are expected.