Madeleine McCann disappearance – Maddie's parents welcome Christian B 'official suspect' news as new doc set to air

CHRISTIAN B has been named an official suspect in the Madeleine McCann case – but he is refusing to co-operate with authorities.

Christian B, 43, was told he is now an 'arguido' in Portugal in his German prison cell on Thursday morning according to an insider.

The 44-year-old was handed a document informing him he was being made an arguido over the British youngster’s May 3 2007 disappearance from her Algarve holiday apartment.

Speaking directly about the 44-year-old German for the first time, Kate and Gerry said in a statement: “We welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared a German man an arguido.

“This reflects progress in the investigation. Even though the possibility may be slim, we have not given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her.”

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

  • Louis Allwood

    Why has Christian B been declared an arguido?

    PORTUGUESE detectives confirmed they had made Christian B an official suspect over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

    The 43-year-old was told he was now an 'arguido' in Portugal in his German prison cell according to an insider.

    Declaring B an arguido gives Portuguese authorities greater powers with any future requests to their German counterparts and it could eventually lead to him being extradited to the Algarve for formal questioning. 

  • Louis Allwood

    'Odd that he should give the details to a TV documentary'

    A source close to the case in Germany, where B is in prison, said: “He has had nearly two years to explain himself but has constantly declined to comment.

    “It’s baffling as to why he should maintain that silence then finally come up with an explanation now.

    “And it’s even more odd that he should give the details to a TV documentary rather than the authorities.”

  • Louis Allwood

    New documentary will be released soon

    Kate and Gerry spoke as it emerged B had finally given details of his “alibi” to a TV show — after nearly two years of maintaining a stony silence with police.

    The convicted rapist and child sex predator claims he can prove he was elsewhere when Madeleine was snatched in 2007.

    Details will be aired on May 3 — the 15th anniversary of her disappearance — in documentary Madeleine McCann: Prime Suspect, by US network AMC Crime.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Who are Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann?

    Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are both practising Catholics who met in Glasgow in 1993.

    Kate became a GP after studying medicine at the University of Dundee while Gerry has been a consultant cardiologist since 2005.

    The couple got married in 1998 before having their first child, Madeleine, in 2003.

    They also have twin children, a boy and a girl, who were born in 2005 and live in Rothley, Leicestershire.

    Kate and Gerry had been married for nine years when Madeleine disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Closing Maddie’s case ‘out of the question’

    Portuguese police sources said closing their long-running ‘cold case’ review was “completely out of the question.”

    Madeleine McCann’s family’s lawyer Rogerio Alves warned in July 2020 Portugal’s 15-year limit on prosecutions meant there was less than two years left to take action against Christian B, who German authorities were treating as their chief suspect.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Suspect remains silent

    Christian B stayed silent after being informed of his new status and declined to be questioned as part of the criminal procedure.

    It is not yet clear who informed him but it happened after a formal international letter of request issued by Portuguese authorities to their German counterparts.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Portuguese cops will continue to investigate disappearance 

    Madeleine vanished aged three from her family apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007.

    And the news yesterday comes after Portuguese police said they would continue to investigate Maddie’s disappearance as the Met Police ended its probe.

    The source said: “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.

    “But it is obviously linked to the fact that the Portuguese authorities want to keep their options open with the 15-year deadline looming.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Christian B confirmed as official suspect

    PORTUGUESE detectives on Thursday confirmed convicted child rapist Christian B as an official suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    The Portuguese prosecutor’s office said “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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Madeleine’s parents Gerry & Kate release statement

    Welcoming the latest developments, Kate and Gerry McCann said they still hope to see Madeleine again – even though the “possibility may be slim“.

    Christian B, 44, was told earlier this week in his German prison cell that he is now an ‘arguido’ in Portugal.

    A full statement from Madeleine’s parents – signed “Kate & Gerry” – reads: “We welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared a German man an ‘arguido’ in relation to the disappearance of our beloved daughter Madeleine.

    “This reflects progress in the investigation, being conducted by the Portuguese, German and British authorities. We are kept informed of developments by the Metropolitan Police.

    “It is important to note the ‘arguido’ has not yet been charged with any specific crime related to Madeleine’s disappearance.

    “Even though the possibility may be slim, we have not given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Breakthrough could mean everything – or nothing’

    Jim Gamble, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) who worked on the investigation into the child’s disappearance, told BBC Breakfast: “Well, this breakthrough could mean everything or it could mean nothing.

    “My own gut feeling on it – from the moment the Germans began to release information two years ago – was that this was the best fit.

    “You have proximity, you have opportunity, and you have a profile with regards to an offender that absolutely fits in a way that no others have.”

    He added: “This is all positive. And from my own position, and I wouldn’t be surprised if charges did follow.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Suspect could be flown to Algrave for formal questioning

    The Portuguese move paves the way for him to be flown from Germany to the Algarve for formal questioning but there are not thought to be any immediate plans to try to quiz him in Portugal.

    A spokesman for Portugal’s Attorney General’s Office, asked about the future of the probe led by a prosecutor based in the Algarve resort of Portimao, said: “The investigation is proceeding, with the inquiry not having a final conclusion yet.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Official statement from the DIAP

    A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday.

    “The person was made an arguido by the German authorities in execution of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Public Ministry of Portugal.

    “The investigation is led by the Portimao section of the DIAP in Faro with the assistance of the Policia Judiciaria police.

    “The investigation has been carried out with the cooperation of the English and German authorities.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Official statement from the DIAP

    A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday.

    “The person was made an arguido by the German authorities in execution of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Public Ministry of Portugal.

    “The investigation is led by the Portimao section of the DIAP in Faro with the assistance of the Policia Judiciaria police.

    “The investigation has been carried out with the cooperation of the English and German authorities.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    How was the suspect identified?

    The prime suspect was already known to British and Portuguese police in relation to Madeleine's disappearance in Praia da Luz.

    Yet, the information came from a witness who stepped forward following the appeal by the Met Police on the tenth anniversary in 2017.

    The suspect – who is 45 now – is believed to have been leading a "transient lifestyle" at the time, as he travelled between Portugal and Germany.

    It is believed he was living in the Iberian nation between 1995 and 2007 working in the food industry.

    The man is known to have been in the area at the time of Madeleine's disappearance, having taken a 30-minute phone call an hour before she went missing.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Why is Christian B in prison in Germany?

    As of April 2022, Christian B is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of raping a 72-year old woman in 2005.

    The act happened in the same place where Madeleine went missing.

    The suspect is believed to have a total of 17 convictions, including burglary – with German Federal Crime Agency (BKA) director Christian Hoppe claiming he is known for stealing from hotels and holiday apartments.

    German police – who are treating the case as a murder inquiry – believe he initially planned to rob the holiday apartment before he "moved on to a sexual motive".

    Scotland Yard also revealed that a 1980s VW T3 Westphalia white campervan has been linked to the suspect, and was seen in Praia da Luz days before she vanished.

  • Joseph Gamp

    'Reflects progress'

    Portugal has a 15-year hearing limit on murder charges – meaning that police would have a reduced risk of convicting a suspect after next month.

    The news comes after Portuguese police said they would continue to investigate Maddie's disappearance as the Met Police ended its probe.

    Parents Gerry and Kate McCann left their three kids, including toddler twins Sean and Amelie, sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at about 10pm that evening, she found Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as "arguidos" or "suspects" by Portuguese police.

    The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Madeleine's parents Gerry & Kate release statement

    Welcoming the latest developments, Kate and Gerry McCann said they still hope to see Madeleine again – even though the "possibility may be slim".

    Christian B, 44, was told earlier this week in his German prison cell that he is now an 'arguido' in Portugal.

    A full statement from Madeleine's parents – signed "Kate & Gerry" – reads: "We welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared a German man an 'arguido' in relation to the disappearance of our beloved daughter Madeleine.

    "This reflects progress in the investigation, being conducted by the Portuguese, German and British authorities. We are kept informed of developments by the Metropolitan Police.

    "It is important to note the 'arguido' has not yet been charged with any specific crime related to Madeleine's disappearance.

    "Even though the possibility may be slim, we have not given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her."

  • Joseph Gamp

    'Breakthrough could mean everything – or nothing'

    Jim Gamble, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) who worked on the investigation into the child's disappearance, told BBC Breakfast: "Well, this breakthrough could mean everything or it could mean nothing.

    "My own gut feeling on it – from the moment the Germans began to release information two years ago – was that this was the best fit.

    "You have proximity, you have opportunity, and you have a profile with regards to an offender that absolutely fits in a way that no others have."

    He added: "This is all positive. And from my own position, and I wouldn't be surprised if charges did follow."

  • Joseph Gamp

    What is 'arguido' status in Portuguese law?

    In Portuguese law, an arguido status can be a preliminary move ahead of an arrest being made or charges brought.

    The Metropolitan Police continue to treat Madeleine's disappearance as a missing persons inquiry.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Suspect could be flown to Algrave for formal questioning

    The Portuguese move paves the way for him to be flown from Germany to the Algarve for formal questioning but there are not thought to be any immediate plans to try to quiz him in Portugal.

    A spokesman for Portugal’s Attorney General’s Office, asked about the future of the probe led by a prosecutor based in the Algarve resort of Portimao, said: “The investigation is proceeding, with the inquiry not having a final conclusion yet.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Official statement from the DIAP

    A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday.

    “The person was made an arguido by the German authorities in execution of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Public Ministry of Portugal.

    “The investigation is led by the Portimao section of the DIAP in Faro with the assistance of the Policia Judiciaria police.

    “The investigation has been carried out with the cooperation of the English and German authorities.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

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