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Trial against suspect Christian B. begins in Braunschweig

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Trial against suspect Christian B. begins in Braunschweig

Christian B. has been charged with five sexual offenses before the Braunschweig Regional Court. He is also considered a murder suspect in the Maddie case.

The trial against the German suspected of murder in the Maddie case for five sexual offenses has begun. The 47-year-old Christian B. is accused of three serious rapes and two cases of sexual abuse of children. The suspect is said to have committed the crimes in Portugal between the end of December 2000 and June 2017. Among other things, he is said to have raped a then 20-year-old from Ireland in her apartment. In October 2022, the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office presented an indictment of more than 100 pages after investigations in several European countries.

At the start of the trial on Friday morning, the defense filed a motion for bias against a female lay judge. The meeting was initially interrupted for 40 minutes. In a tweet from 2019, the lay judge called for the killing of Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro. That’s why public prosecutor Ute Lindemann agreed to the application. “We do not tolerate statements outside the legal system, calls for murder and manslaughter, someone like that cannot be a judge on a voluntary basis,” the statement states. Image first reported.

The Maddie case will not be heard in Braunschweig

The defendant Christian B. entered the courtroom in the Braunschweig regional court wearing a lilac shirt with white stripes and a light gray jacket. The dark-blond, slim man did not hide his face and appeared composed. He took a seat between his four defenders. The 47-year-old had previously been taken to Braunschweig in a prison van.

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According to a court spokeswoman, no witnesses have been invited for the first day of the trial. While the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office seeks to convict the defendant for all of the accused crimes, defense attorney Friedrich Fülscher assumes his client’s innocence and wants to achieve acquittals. The presumption of innocence applies until a possible conviction.

Great interest in the trial in Great Britain

The suspect has been in the focus of the authorities since summer 2020. At the time, German investigators surprisingly announced that they had suspected murder of the convicted sex offender in the case of the missing Maddie from Great Britain. The British woman Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in May 2007 at the age of three. B. is also said to have raped the 20-year-old Irish woman in the same town.

The Maddie case made headlines around the world, but is not the subject of the current trial in Braunschweig. Nevertheless, the crowds in front of the Braunschweig regional court on Friday morning were so great that the originally planned start at 9 a.m. could not be kept, as reporters from the dpa news agency reported on site. Long queues formed in front of the building and all visitors had to undergo extensive security measures before entering. There is great media interest, including in Great Britain.

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