An arrest warrant has been issued against the German suspect in the case of the missing girl Maddie. The responsible criminal court had confirmed an urgent suspicion of five sexual offenses, said the regional court in Braunschweig on Monday. The public prosecutor's office brought charges against the 45-year-old in October. He is accused of three counts of aggravated rape and two counts of child sexual abuse.
He is said to have committed the crimes between the end of December 2000 and June 2017 in Portugal, where in May 2007 the then three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment complex.
According to the court, it is currently not possible to execute the new arrest warrant because it requires Italy's consent. The accused was apprehended there. He was extradited to Germany. Approval is to be obtained from the public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig.
The 45-year-old is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of an American woman in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2005. For the time after that, the 2nd Criminal Chamber in Braunschweig also sees the reasons for the risk of absconding and the risk of recurrence, as a spokeswoman explained.
The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is responsible because the suspect's last German place of residence before his stay abroad was in Braunschweig.