Madeleine McCann suspect speaks out for first time to slam investigation

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The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Christian B, has spoken for the first time since police first named him as a suspect.

The 44-year-old convicted rapist and child sex offender wrote a letter to German media in which he branded the investigation against him as a "scandal".

He attacked the investigators involved in the case, saying they "should resign" and that they were "persecuting an innocent person", reports The Sun.

Last year, prosecutors in Germany identified Christian B as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance, who claimed they had "concrete evidence" that she was dead.

This is the first time he has commented publicly on the case involving Madeleine, who vanished suddenly from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007.

She was staying at the resort during a holiday with her parents Kate and Gerry, along with her two younger siblings.

Despite various reported sightings of the girl across the globe, there has been no concrete trace of her since her disappearance.

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Prosecutors in Germany are convinced she is dead and they claim they have evidence against Christian B.

In his letter, he whined: "Charging an accused is one thing.

"Something completely different – namely, it is an unbelievable scandal – when a public prosecutor starts a public campaign for prejudice before a court case is opened.

"Freedom of expression is not a basic right so that everyone can say and write what they want. Freedom of expression does not protect the majority.

"It protects the minority. It does not protect the most logical, most convincing or most popular views, but rather the outsider position.

"I call on the Brunswick public prosecutors Wolters and (Ute) Lindemann to resign from their offices.

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"Both are proving worldwide through my arbitrary condemnation in the past and through their scandalous pre-denial campaign in the present against me as an innocent person that they are not suitable for an office as a lawyer for the honest and trusting German people and you bring shame onto the judiciary."

The suspect is currently serving seven years in prison for raping an elderly woman in 2005, in the same Portuguese resort from which Madeleine disappeared.

The letter gives no alibi for his whereabouts the time Madeleine vanished and he makes no reference to the pain her parents are going through.

A source close to him claims: "He basically has had enough of how he is being treated by the German judiciary.

"He was identified publicly by the prosecutor as the main suspect and yet he has not been charged or shown any of the evidence the authorities claim to have against him.

"He is of the view that they should either put up or shut up. It is not fair the way he is being treated. What happened to innocent until proven guilty which is a fundamental principle?"

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