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Madeleine McCann suspect is moved to maximum security former Gestapo guillotine jail

The chief suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is being moved to a maximum security former Gestapo guillotine jail ahead of interrogation in the New Year.

Christian Brueckner, 43, a convicted rapist and paedophile, is serving a 21-month sentence on an unrelated drugs matter at a prison in Kiel.

In January, he will be transferred south to the Category A Wolfenbuttel prison to start a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.

Wolfenbuttel was an infamous execution centre used by the Nazis to hang and guillotine deserters, PoWs, and civilians during the Second World War.

Brueckner was previously remanded at the prison ahead of last year's trial for raping the elderly American woman.

Christian Brueckner, 43, will be transferred south to the Category A Wolfenbuttel prison to start a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz in 2005

Madeleine was three years old at the time of her disappearance in 2007 from an apartment where her family was on holiday in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region

She was attacked just two years before Madeleine disappeared from the same Algarve resort.

Earlier this month, a court in Karslruhe rejected Brueckner's appeal against the 2005 rape conviction and confirmed his seven-year sentence.

The move will make it easier for detectives in Braunschweig, around 15 minutes' drive away, to question Brueckner about the Madeleine case, as well as two others.

A judicial source told The Sun: 'Brueckner hasn't been questioned yet in connection with the Madeleine inquiry as the evidence is still being gathered and checked but the idea is to wait until he is closer to where the team are based.

'A 640km round trip (400 miles) every week would waste a lot of time and resources and now we know he will be in prison until 2026 we know where he is and we can get to him easier.

'The feeling is though he won't say anything even when we do see him but at least it will make it easier.'

The reason that Brueckner is being moved to a prison in central Germany is because sentences are served in the state that hands them down.

Keeping prisoners is expensive and under Germany's federal system the states are obliged to deal with their own prisoners rather than it being handled by a central judiciary.  

Wolfenbuttel (pictured) was an infamous execution centre used by the Nazis to hang and guillotine deserters, PoWs, and civilians during the Second World War 

Brueckner has been serving a 21-month sentence on an unrelated drugs matter at a prison in Kiel (pictured)

Even though Brueckner is a suspect in the McCann case, prosecutors have said they do not yet have enough evidence to hold him on that case alone.

Madeleine was three years old at the time of her disappearance in 2007 from an apartment where her family was on holiday in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region. 

German authorities in June said they had identified Brueckner, a German citizen, as a suspect in the case and were investigating him on suspicion of murder.

Earlier this month, Brueckner suffered two broken ribs in an incident at a German court and was treated in a hospital, but was then able to return for a hearing that same day, authorities said.

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