BERLIN – A suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who disappeared from a Portuguese holiday resort 13 years ago, suffered two broken ribs in an incident in a German court, the authorities said on Tuesday.
The incident occurred after Christian Brueckner, who is jailed for a drug conviction, was brought to a routine hearing on the case at the Braunschweig Regional Court on Monday.
Court spokeswoman Jessica Knab-Henrichs told The Associated Press that he was briefly treated in a hospital for two broken ribs and then taken back to the court where the hearing was held.
The incident is being investigated and more details about what happened in court are due to be released later in the day, she said.
Although Brueckner is a suspect in the McCann case, prosecutors have stated that they do not yet have enough evidence to hold him alone in the McCann case.
In addition to the drug trafficking sentence that Brueckner will have brought to an end in January, he was convicted of raping a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal in 2005 in 2019 and sentenced to an additional seven years. An appeal is filed against this conviction.
McCann was 3 years old when she disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was vacationing in the coastal town of Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve.
German authorities said in June that they had identified the 43-year-old German national as a suspect in the case and were investigating him on suspicion of murder.