PROSECUTORS claim to have “strong new evidence” on Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B — and could charge him over the case by Christmas.
The rapist, 44, was identified as the prime suspect by German authorities last year.
They have been building a case against him since and officials are hopeful of bringing him to court by the end of the year.
Scotland Yard detectives — said to be initially sceptical of his involvement — are now also confident he is the man responsible for the 2007 disappearance.
German prosecutor Hans Christian Walters told The Sun: “We have strong new evidence against the suspect.
"The investigation is proceeding well and we hope to have an update soon.
“I cannot say when for certain but we are working very hard to solve this case and others where he is a suspect.”
Madeleine, from Leicestershire, vanished aged three from parents Kate and Gerry’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Two years earlier, Christian B raped a 72-year-old American woman living nearby and is now in a German jail for the crime.
He is also being investigated in connection with a rape and indecent assaults that all took place in Praia da Luz when he lived there from 2002 to 2008.
An insider on the German investigation said: “The evidence is strong and puts him in the area where Madeleine vanished.
“It’s a question of time. We hope to bring charges against him for Madeleine and others.”
A British police source added: “The Germans are putting a strong case together and the pieces are coming together.”
A source close to Christian B’s legal team said: “Let’s see this evidence. We have our doubts.”
The Sun can also reveal a complaint by Christian B that he was attacked by prison guards in December has been dropped.
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