Prosecutors dealing with the case of Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner have been accused of wasting time on trivialities as it was revealed he has been charged with insulting prison officials.
Lawyers for Brueckner say that instead of dealing with the serious allegations that include suspicions over his role in the disappearance of Maddie, three rape charges and two of child sexual abuse, prosecutors were wasting their time and money with insignificant matters that should be ignored because of the more serious allegations he faces.
Brueckner, 47, will go on trial next month (February) for a sickening string of sexual offences involving children.
He is currently serving seven years behind bars in Germany for earlier rape and drug offences.
But now it has emerged that Brueckner is facing further charges for describing two prison officials at Oldenburg JVA, Lower Saxony State as “torturers”, a move his lawyer said was “farcical”.
He had used the phrase in a complaint to prison authorities about the treatment he received at the jail.
Now, after prison governors dismissed his complaint, the wardens complained to prosecutors, saying his language was insulting.
A third prison officer has joined the complaint saying Brueckner called him a “son of a b*tch”.
The Oldenburg public prosecutor’s office has filed charges of insulting public officials during the performance of their duties.
Brueckner’s lawyer, Friedrich Fuelscher, 39, said: “This accusation is really farcical.
“First of all, the term ‘torturer’ in the context of a criminal complaint by the accused should not be punishable under Section 193 of the Criminal Code.
“Anyone who criticises a state measure may also do so in an exaggerated manner.”
He added: “However, even if admissible, public prosecutors regularly dismiss trivial cases if the punishment to be imposed is not significantly significant compared to the punishment that can be expected for another crime.
“This regulation cannot be more relevant than in the Christian B. case.”
He called the charges “a massive waste of tax money.”
He added: “Because of an insult, public defender costs and considerable personnel costs are incurred to carry out the procedure.”
Brueckner’s sex offences trial will start at the Braunschweig Regional Court on 16th February.
He is accused of “five acts against sexual self-determination”.
He is said to have raped three women, and in two other cases, he is said to have sexually abused children.
Brueckner had been previously named by the respected Frankfurter Neuer Presse as a potential suspect in the murder of Tristan Brubach in March 1998.
Tristan’s body was found in an underpass known as the Liederbach near the Frankfurt-Hochst train station in the city of Frankfurt in the German state of Hesse.
He had been beaten unconscious, strangled, raped and tortured, according to reports.
The cause of death was a long cut to his throat and his body had been mutilated. With both testicles and flesh from his buttocks and thighs having been removed.
The removed body parts were never recovered.
Three adolescents reportedly saw the murderer from a distance and the description they gave the police was chillingly similar to Brueckner.
Chief Prosecutor Noah Kruger had previously told local media: “We are checking whether there are any connections between the two cases.
“In itself, however, this is not unusual but routine. The sequence of events and the e-fit from the Tristan case could be similar.”
Brueckner, 43, has been linked to a series of child abductions and murders in Portugal and Germany since he was named as the main suspect in the Madeline McCann case.
It is currently unknown whether Brueckner will be formally charged for Maddie’s case, according to local media.
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