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Madeleine McCann news: Suspect could be eligible for parole today despite links to murders of German girl and boy

MADELEINE McCann's suspect "Christian B' could be eligible to be released on parole from today.

This is depiste being linked to the disappearance of a boy, 6, in 1996 and a girl, 5, in 2015 by police.

"Christian B", 43, is believed to have been investigated over the disappearance of a German boy, René and a girl named only as Inga, according to media reports.

Inga went missing from a family party in Saxony-Anhalt on May 2, 2015, and has never been found, while police have reopened the investigation in René Hasee's disappearance in 1996 after he vanished just 25 miles from Praia da Luz.

But the German national is eligible for parole having served two-thirds of his sentence for drug offences - but this is not automatic and German legal experts say it is unlikely to go through as he is under investigation for murder.

He has also appealed against allegations of raping a 72-year-old woman in the Algarve resort in 2005, while he has not been charged with anything related to the Madeleine McCann case.

Police homed in on "Christian B" after he told a pal in a pub he snatched Madeleine, who believe he staked out the McCanns’ holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal, for four days before the three-year-old was snatched in May 2007.

Meanwhile, Portuguese cops revealed that they did tell their British counterparts about the new prime suspect when the 2012 case files were handed over.

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