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Maddie suspect boasts cops are ‘clutching at straws’ over links to 5 sex crimes

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The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has claimed that cops are “clutching at straws” and don’t have “a shred of evidence” to link him to five other sex crimes.

Christian B, 44, was last year named as the main suspect in the case of missing Maddie, who went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal back in 2007.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters has used a new book to make a series of fresh allegations against the convicted paedophile.

Among them, Mr Wolters claims detectives believe “there is a good basis” to suspect Christian B was responsible for a sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl just six miles from the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine went missing.

Christian B, who has claimed he has nothing to do with Maddie’s disappearance, has allegedly bragged about the lack of evidence police have.

A source told The Sun: “He is aware of the remarks and of the new allegations in this book. But he has been bragging how the police don’t have a shred of evidence.

“He says the new book about him is no better than a comic and that the decision by cops to contribute to it just proves how much they are clutching at straws for new leads.

“His legal team have repeatedly asked for the evidence which police say they have and they have repeatedly refused to hand it over. This, he believes, says it all.”

As well as the attack on the 10-year-old, Mr Wolters has also claimed Christian B is being looked at in connection with the killing of a 16-year-old in De Haan, Belgium, in 1996 and the 2004 rape of 20-year-old Irish woman Hazel Behan in in Praia de Rocha, Portugal.

Speaking in book My Search for Madeleine, by British journalist Jon Clarke, Mr Wolters said “we are investigating Christian B’s possible involvement” in the sex attack on the 10-year-old girl, and referring to Hazel Behan, added: ”We only have Christian B as the suspect."

Last year, German prosecutors said they believe Maddie is dead.

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