Madeleine McCann: Suspect 'refuses to answer questions unless prosecutors prove he was involved'
Madeleine McCann was missing in 2007 in Praia Da Luz, Portugal (PA)
The man suspected of murdering Madeleine McCann will not answer any questions unless the prosecutor proves he was involved.
The suspect, a 43-year-old German man who is reportedly referred to as Christian B, is currently in prison.
His lawyer says he will refuse to answer questions about Madeleine until German authorities prove that he was involved in her disappearance, The Times reported.
German investigators believe Christian B killed Madeleine shortly after he kidnapped her from a vacation rental in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007.
German police said there are people who may have information about where their bodies were left behind.
According to The Times, investigators are looking for a connection that links the suspect to an incident involving a 10-year-old British girl in the same resort in 2005. In the same year, he raped a woman in a nearby villa.
The police were reported to have known nine sexual assaults and three attempts against British girls aged six to twelve years who were vacationing in the area between 2004 and 2006.
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Christian B.'s lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher, told the newspaper: “Mr. B. is silent on the advice of his defense counsel on this allegation. This is quite common in criminal proceedings.
"It is the duty of the state to prove that a suspect has committed a crime.
"No accused person has to prove to the investigative authorities that they are innocent."
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to the media about the Madeleine McCann case earlier this month (Getty Images)
The 43-year-old suspect is in prison for drug trafficking in Germany. He appeals against a 2005 rape conviction.
When asked how his customer would respond to reports that link him to other cases across Europe, Fulscher said: “We review each article and will decide on a case-by-case basis whether legal action should be taken against the media concerned . "
In the meantime, a former German chief of police has admitted that it was a "big mistake" to inform Christian B in 2013 that he was interested in Madeleine's disappearance.
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The police in Braunschweig, northern Germany, seven years ago sent him a summons to be "interviewed" about missing people in connection with the Madeleine McCann case, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The move took place before a major police investigation and could have allowed Christian B to destroy any evidence that existed, experts told the German newspaper Der Spiegel last week.
The residential building in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann was missing in 2007 (PA)
Ulf Kuch, former police chief in the German city of Braunschweig, said that sending the letter was "a big mistake".
Kuch said that despite his role as the superior of the official who issued the notice, he knew nothing about the subpoena, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The Portuguese police should consider searching abandoned wells near a farmhouse rented by Christian B on the outskirts of Praia da Luz to find evidence of Madeleine's disappearance, The Times said.
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