The main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will never talk to police, his lawyer has said.
It comes after detectives spent the week digging up an allotment once used by Christian Brueckner, 43, in the German city of Hanover. At the site, investigators reportedly searched a disused cellar once believed to be part of a garden shed torn down in 2007.
But in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Brueckner’s lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher, accused police of creating a smokescreen with this week’s search. He denied his client had ‘anything to hide’ but would not cooperate with the investigation.
Mr Fulscher said: ‘Before our client starts to co-operate with the prosecutor’s office, you could order holy water as a long drink in hell. That is not unusual. It is very normal not to talk to the police when you are suspected of committing a crime.
‘The prosecutor’s office has to prove that a suspect has committed a crime, and not the suspect prove that he hasn’t.’
Mr Fulscher claimed the allotment search was designed to build ‘bad media’ against Brueckner ahead of a court decision that could see the convicted rapist freed from prison after serving his sentence for drug trafficking.
The European Court of Justice will decide whether an arrest warrant relating to the rape of a 72-year-old woman in 2007 was legal.
‘I am very surprised they have started a search there now and not much earlier,’ Mr Fulscher told The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘I was very surprised because the police had known for over two years that the garden was used by my client’.
Mr Fulscher insisted his client was ‘not a monster’ – despite a rap sheet that goes back nearly 25 years, with convictions for child sex offences, rape and drug trafficking.
He added that he doesn’t ‘recognise the person the media describes’, adding that he perceives him to be a ‘very calm and friendly person’.
Mr Fulscher added that he does not know if there is a chance his client could be charged but is sure that if he is, ‘he will be found not guilty by the court.’
Madeleine went missing from an apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007.
A hitchhiker who filmed a video of Brueckner five weeks before Madeleine’s disappearance said he felt ‘sick’ to have shared a trip with him.
In a video obtained by Mail Online, the prime suspect can be seen laughing and joking in the campervan police believe was used to abduct Madeleine.
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