Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B makes first public appearance as he’s driven to court for parole hearing

MADELEINE McCann prime suspect Christian B was seen in public today for the first time since he was named by German police as the man who allegedly snatched the British toddler.

The convicted rapist and paedophile, 43, appeared before a court in Germany to apply for parole in relation to a different case.

Christian B is currently serving 21 months for drug offences but he is eligible for early release on January 6 after serving two thirds of his sentence.

Today he was driven from his prison in Kiel two hours south to Braunschweig regional court where he appeared for a Penal Enforcement Chamber hearing.

Wearing a white mask, he was driven into the back of the court building flanked by two police officers before being escorted inside.

A source at the court said:''The hearing is to decide on whether he can have parole for the drugs case.

''Technically he can be freed in early January as he has served his time but the prosecution is opposing it because of the outstanding Madeleine McCann investigation.''


Madeleine, three, was taken from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal's Algarve coast in May 2007.

This year investigators in Germany claimed they had solved the world's most famous missing person's mystery.

They say they have "concrete evidence" she is dead and believe Christian B abducted and murdered her.

He was known to spend time in the area around the resort and was arrested on other matters.

Last December the suspect was also sentenced to seven years in jail for raping a 72-year-old American woman near Praia da Luz two years before Madeleine vanished.

He took his case to the European Court of Justice earlier this year but it was thrown out .

He is expected to serve the full term although his lawyers are appealing the verdict.

It means he will not be released even if he wins parole in the drugs case.

Last week we revealed German investigators vowed to "fight tooth and nail" to convict Christian B for Madeleine's murder.

It came after Portuguese cops rubbished their investigation and claimed they have no real evidence.


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