Senior Prosecutor of Aachen: 'There is No connection with the Maddie Case' *updated
British newspapers speculated wildly over the weekend. Is a suspect in the disappearance of Maddie McCann lying in the University Hospital in Aachen? The little girl disappeared without a trace during a holiday in Portugal. At that time, this British citizen, who already had been convicted on paedophilia charges, was living in the South of Portugal. The 64-year-old man was eliminated from the inquiry at that time. The cancer stricken man is now to be heard by German and English police, at the hospital in Aachen. But this is not about the Maddie case, but rather about two other cases of sexual offences dating from the seventies.
From today, the prosecutor’s office in Aachen is working on the request, under major pressure.
Prosecutor: “This action, namely the questioning of the British citizen, should be carried out as soon as possible, but the timing depends essentially on how the contacts to the British police authorities can be established, and on how briefly the British policemen can arrive here in Aachen.”
Due to the fact that the 64-year-old man has served the sentences for the proved paedophile crimes, and a connection to the Maddie case cannot be proved, he can leave the hospital at any time.
Prosecutor: “We cannot prevent the British citizen from leaving the hospital, as far as that is possible in medical terms, and especially if he wishes so. We have no powers to detain him, and that is not even mentioned in the request [from the British authorities].”
The policemen in Aachen are in contact with their British counterparts and await their arrival any day now.
British media Speculate on Connection
Maddie Case: Is there a link to Aachen?
A DNA test could be taken from a British citizen living near Aachen. British mainstream media speculate on a connection with the Maddie case, however the public prosecutor's office of Aachen says there is no connection.
In May 2007, three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday's resort in the south of Portugal. Till this day the inquiries of the police have produced no tangible results. The parents of the British girl have begun an unprecedented media campaign launched after the disappearance to get informations on the whereabouts of their daughter.
Now British mainstream media speculate on a new link - which could lead to Aachen.
The Background: In a request for judicial assistance the British police sent on Friday (22.05.09) to the public prosecutor's office of Aachen a rogatory letter where they asked to hear the British citizen who lives with his family near Aachen, and to take from him a DNA sample.
Speculations in English newspapers
According to the British media reports, this is a 64-year-old man who would have lived near the resort at the time of Maddie’s disappearance. He would have been condemned several times because of sexual offences to young women.
The public prosecutor's office of Aachen confirms there is no connection with the Maddie case in the British official aid request. "It is a request about two cases, one regarding a rape and one attempted rape,in 1975", says Robert Deller of the public prosecutor's office of Aachen.
As British Private detectives [the McCann’s rent-a-cops] want to be present during the hearing, now, a date must be found first in which the man can be heard and if necessary a DNA swab could be taken. Regarding the DNA test that must be decided in England, according to the senior prosecutor of Aachen, Robert Deller.
in wdr.de [West German Radio Cologne]