Madeleine McCann: Ex-cop had key role in formally making Christian Brueckner a suspect – World News


Luis Mota Carmo, 60, led the move to make convicted German pedophile Christian Brueckner an “arguido” in the case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. The girl disappeared while on vacation in Portugal

Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007

A former police chief was the key player in the decision to make Christian Brueckner a formal suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Luis Mota Carmo, 60, has taken day-to-day control of prosecutors’ long-running investigations in Portugal.

Days after replacing the previous chief prosecutor, he led the move to make convicted German pedophile Brueckner an “arguido” in the case.

Mr Mota Carmo persuaded bosses in Lisbon to agree to pave the way for possible criminal charges against Brueckner – currently in prison in his home country – if German prosecutors find evidence linking him to Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3, 2007, when she was three was years old.

Christian Brueckner was made an “arguido” over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann



Luis Mota Carmo (left) played a key role in making Brueckner an Arguido


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A source said: “It’s always worrying when a new prosecutor takes on a high profile case, but Luis knows this case inside out and has put his heart and soul into it.

“The decision to make Brueckner an Arguido was entirely his.”

British girl Madeleine disappeared while on holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

Mr. Mota Carmo, head of the regional prosecutor’s office, is awaiting the results of the forensic tests of the motorhome Brueckner was driving when he lived in the area at the time.

Brueckner was made an arguido after lawyers warned that Portugal’s 15-year limit on prosecuting serious crimes could prevent him from being prosecuted after Tuesday.

The source said: “Luis wants to make sure the possibility of prosecution is not hampered here.

“But that alone is not the reason for this step.

“Legally there has to be a solid basis for someone to be appointed arguido and there are several reasons why Brueckner falls into the frame.”

The source said Brueckner could face criminal charges in Portugal or Germany.

Mr Mota Carmo headed the Algarve Judicial Police from 2009 to 2018. He and ex-Met cop Andy Redwood played key roles in the 2014 Praia da Luz dig in the hunt for Madeleine.

Brueckner, 45, denies involvement in the disappearance. He is in prison for raping a woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.

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