PROSECUTORS say they are confident of charging Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian B over her disappearance.
The convicted paedophile and rapist, 43, in jail in Germany, was identified by detectives there earlier this year as the man responsible.
They had “concrete evidence” Madeleine was dead.
And they are also set to charge him with three other sex crimes on Portugal’s Algarve coast, where Madeleine vanished aged three on holiday with parents Kate and Gerry in 2007.
He is being investigated over the rape of Irish tour guide Hazel Behan and indecent exposures to kids.
Speaking to The Sun from his office in Braunschweig, Germany, prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: “Whether and when charges will be brought in these cases cannot be predicted at present.
'”I am also very confident with the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance but due to the scope of the case, the other proceedings can be expected to conclude earlier.”
A source close to the probe said: “Things are moving along in the case and there have been several promising leads and tips, especially from British holidaymakers who were in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
“We are hopeful of a breakthrough. At the moment we do not have enough to charge him with Madeleine’s disappearance but the evidence in the other cases is very strong.”
Madeleine, from Leicestershire, was snatched a month after a ten-year-old German girl said a man performed a sex act in front of her at a nearby beach.
She came forward after seeing TV coverage of Christian B.
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Hazel, now 37, was bound, gagged and raped in her apartment 30 minutes away in 2004.
She suspects it was Christian B after reading of his conviction last year for raping a 72-year-old woman at her home in Praia da Luz in 2005 in a sickeningly similar case.
Several children also reported a man matching his description had exposed himself in in 2017.
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