Bombshell ‘prison bugging’ claim could rock Christian Brueckner trial in biggest threat to Madeleine McCann case yet

Bombshell ‘prison bugging’ claim could rock Christian Brueckner trial in biggest threat to Madeleine McCann case yet

A BOMBSHELL claim that Madeleine McCann suspect was wiretapped while in prison by German investigators could be a major blow to the monster’s trial.

While the shocking claim has not been heard in Braunschweig today, Brueckner‘s lawyers have requested for the witness to be heard in the trial.

Dan CharityA former BKA employee claimed that Brueckner’s cell had been bugged[/caption]

Dan CharityChristian Brueckner pictured in Braunschweig regional court this morning[/caption]

EnterpriseThree-year-old Maddie vanished from her parents’ holiday home in Portugal in 2007[/caption]

Dan CharityThe German was pictured arriving at Braunschweig this morning[/caption]

A former employee of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) sensationally claimed that Brueckner’s cell was equipped with bugging devices.

The employee claimed she was involved in the installation process of the technology and said she has photos to prove it, T- Online reported.

The employee reportedly said that two other BKA officers told her they had a “personal score” to settle with the German and that they were planning “to do something” about it.

If the allegation is confirmed it would be a massive hit to Brueckner’s trial as conversations between him and his lawyers could also have been tapped.

The paedophile appeared before court this morning for the second day of his trial after last week’s hearing was suspended after just nine minutes.

New details emerged in the alleged rape case of Irish holiday rep Hazel Behan with the victim saying she feared Brueckner would behead her.

The court heard the warped German tied her legs to table legs and raped her, before quipping: “You are afraid of me aren’t you?”

He then whipped the helpless holiday rep and chillingly demanded: “Are you afraid of me now?”

Hazel was terrified of dawn coming – fearing Brueckner “would cut her head off”.

Despite the McCann case not being heard, Brueckner used his lawyer to whinge to the court he had been persecuted by being accused of taking the toddler in 2007.

In a shocking opening statement Dr Friedrich Fulscher said: “Since June 2020, our client Christian Brückner has been under constant worldwide media fire.

“According to the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office, he allegedly abducted and murdered Madeleine Beth McCann.

“The investigating authorities have been repeating this theory to the media like a prayer wheel.

“The results of the investigation have not yet been presented to the defence, so that the accused has not been able to substantiate this allegation.

“A comparable media campaign of prejudgement has been sought in vain.

“The greatest challenge for the court in these proceedings will be to free itself from these ulterior motives when investigating the procedural truth and assessing the evidence with regard to the accusations levelled.

“We are not hearing the best-known missing persons case of the post-war period, but five other serious allegations with numerous legal and factual difficulties for the taking of evidence.”

Brueckner is also charged with grabbing the wrist of a child on a beach and performing a sex act on himself near Praia, just weeks before Maddie vanished.

The court heard Brueckner used a rape drug to incapacitate his victims.

Prosecutors allege he hit an elderly woman with a whip 20 times at her holiday home in Portugal.

During the alleged attack, he was wearing “a stocking mask that only had holes for his eyes and mouth” and forced his victim to put on “swimming goggles.”

He then put a pillow on her face and attempted to suffocate her.

Around the same time, prosecutors allege Bruecker tied a German-speaking girl aged just 14 to a post in Praia da Luz and raped her.

Key dates in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

MADELEINE McCann vanished on May 3, 2007 – and cops believe Brueckner could have been behind her disappearace.

Almost 17 years on, no one has been charged in connection. These are the key dates:

May 3, 2007 – Kate McCann finds Madeleine missing at 10pm

May 14, 2007 – Property developer Robert Murat is named an “arguido” or formal suspect

August 31, 2007 – The McCanns launch libel action against Tal e Qual – a newspaper that claimed the couple killed Madeleine

September 7, 2007 – Kate and Gerry McCann are made “arguidos”

September 9, 2007– Madeleine’s parents return to England with their two-year-old twins

October 2, 2007– Lead detective Goncalo Amaral is taken off the case after criticising British police in a newspaper interview

July 21, 2009 – Portuguese police lift the “arguido” status of  both Robert Murat and the McCanns

May 12, 2011 – On Madeleine’s eighth birthday, Scotland Yard launches a review into the case 

April 25, 2012 – Scotland Yard officers say they believe Madeleine McCann is still alive

July 4, 2013 – Two years into a review of the case, Scotland Yard launched its own investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance

October 24, 2013– Portuguese police reopen their case after new lines of inquiry are found

November 27, 2013 – Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe called for British and Portuguese police to work together

October 28, 2015 – Scotland Yard reduces the number of officers working on Madeleine’s disappearance

March 11, 2017  – The Home Office grants Operation Grange an extra £85,000 to continue from April until September

September 28, 2017 –  British police are granted £154,000 to keep the probe going until March 2018

November 2017 – Cops moved the search to Bulgaria

May 2018 – Another round of funding, thought to be in the region of £150,000 is granted

September 2018 – An extra six months of funding is requested from the Home Office

November 2018 – More funding, thought to be in the region of £150,000 is granted

November 2018 – UK police re-examine a theory Madeleine left the apartment to look for her parents

June 2019 – Another round of funding, believed to be £300,000 of government cash is granted

June 2019 – Portuguese police are probing a “new clue and suspect” after talks with British officers

June 2020 – New prime suspect revealed as a German paedo Christian Brueckner

April 2022 – Brueckner formally made an “arguido”

May 2023 – Police search remote Algarve reservoir Brueckner called his “little paradise”

“The girl addressed the accused by the name ‘Chris’ and made it clear to him that what he was doing was against her express will.

“She begged him to stop and shouted ‘this is kidnapping, this is rape,’ the prosecutor said. 

When the alleged victim vomited, Brueckner responded: “Now you’re messing up my entire carpet,” according to the prosecution.

The German is currently serving a seven-year prison term for rape and drug trafficking.

If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison – and prosecutors could fight for a “public danger” clause, giving them the safety net for the Maddie case they want to pursue.

If he is acquitted when his seven-year 2019 sentence for rape is complete.

The defendant denies all charges.


It comes as prosecutors allege Brueckner had surgery to remove a birthmark on his left thigh to avoid being recognised by student Hazel Behan. 

Cops also believe Brueckner has splashed out “thousands to change his looks” and could be unrecognisable to the man he was in 2007.

Brueckner was identified four years ago as the main suspect in the abduction of Madeleine from her family’s holiday flat in Portugal in 2007.

The three-year-old vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve while holidaying with parents Kate and Gerry, 55, of Rothley, Leics.

German investigators believe Brueckner abducted and murdered her.

Despite being the prime suspect in the disappearance of Maddie German authorities investigating him for the past five years, but he has not been charged.

The German is currently in jail serving a seven-year- prison sentence

Investigators believe Brueckner abducted and murdered the British tot

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