Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brückner injured in German court

suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who vanished from a Portuguese resort 13 years ago, sustained two broken ribs in an incident in a German court, authorities have said.

The incident occurred after Christian Brückner, who is serving time for a drug conviction, was taken to Braunschweig state court on Monday for a routine hearing on that case.

The court’s spokeswoman, Jessica Knab-Henrichs, said Brückner was treated in a hospital briefly then returned to the court where the hearing was carried out.

The incident was under investigation and further details would be released on Tuesday, she said.

Although Brückner is a suspect in the McCann case, prosecutors have said they do not have enough evidence to hold him on the McCann case alone.

In addition to the drug-trafficking sentence, which Brückner will have finished serving in January, he was convicted in 2019 of the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal and sentenced to another seven years. That conviction is under appeal.

McCann was three at the time of her disappearance from an apartment in 2007 while her family were on holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

German authorities said in June they had identified the 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case and were investigating him on suspicion of murder.

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