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Madeleine McCann suspect may face more prison time after court rules extradition was legal

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The main suspect in the Madeleine McCann case, Christian B., who challenged his extradition to Germany has had his legal case thrown out by the court in Luxembourg on Thursday, meaning he will stay in prison and may face more prison time.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed the procedures for extraditions, which Germany had complied with, were in fact legal.

“The measure which requires deprivation of liberty taken against a person referred to in the first European Arrest Warrant based on a prior offence different from the one which justified his surrender under the second warrant is not contrary to the EU law if that person’s departure from the member state that issued the first warrant was voluntary,” said one of the judges at the Luxembourg-based court on Thursday.

In 2018, Christian B., a German citizen, was extradited from Italy to Germany on a European Arrest Warrant for a drugs offence. Later he was convicted of a separate crime, the rape of the 72-year-old American woman in Portugal, where the 3-year-old toddler Madeleine had vanished, and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Madeleine McCann case was revitalised in June when German authorities identified Christian B. as a new suspect in the case. The 43-year-old man is currently serving a prison sentence in Kiel.

Madeleine McCann went missing from an apartment complex in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz while her parents were eating dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant on May 3, 2007.

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