Speculations that convicted rapist Christian Bruckner will soon be formally charged with kidnapping a three-year-old child have risen after reports that new evidence has been found.

The German prosecutor’s office, where Bruckner is serving a sentence for rape, is still convinced he killed Madeleine.

But senior prosecutor Hans-Christian Walters said they still had no conclusive evidence – and that there were no plans to try him.

He said Bruckner was facing charges of a number of other crimes, including the rape of an Irish holiday official in a town near the site where a British guy was abducted.

Bruckner, 45, has consistently denied involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance from her family’s apartment in Praia do Luz, Algarve, in May 2007.

Mr Walters said: “I can’t say when this will be completed.”

“Over the past two years, we have made absolute progress in this investigation. We have new findings and new evidence. But there is nothing that can prove in scientific terms … that Madeleine is dead, such as DNA traces or bone fragments.

Bruckner is in prison in Oldenburg in northwestern Germany for raping a pensioner in Praia do Luz in 2005.

It is known that he was at a tourist point at the same time as Madeleine, not far from her residence.

On the 15th anniversary of her disappearance this week, information emerged that the fibers of her pajamas had been found in a Volkswagen Bruckner van. But Mr Walters dismissed the statement as “absolute nonsense”.

Bruckner’s lawyer must be provided with evidence in five new cases, including the alleged rape of an Irish woman in 2004 when she was a touring agent in southern Portugal.

Another case concerns claims that he exposed himself with a group of children in the same region.

Mr Walters added: “We need to hear what his lawyer is saying.” “We need to wait and see what charges we will face.”


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