Suspect in McCann case gets injured in cell

The man in prison for the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann was injured yesterday visiting the judge. 43-year-old Christian B. contracted two broken ribs.

B. attended a hearing on a drug trafficking conviction. In that case, the judge must determine whether he qualifies for a reduction in sentence at the beginning of next year.

Before the hearing at the court of Braunschweig could begin, B. however, was taken to the hospital to be treated for his broken ribs.

What exactly happened is not clear. B.s attorney filed a report of assault by guards, but according to the D.A.s office, B. fell. Journalists heard from prison guards that someone had โ€œmade amokโ€.


Last summer, B. was associated by the German justice system with the disappearance of the 3-year-old toddler 13 years ago in Portugal. Theres not enough evidence to prosecute him for that, but the investigation is ongoing.

It is not yet clear what the judge decided in the drug case against B. Should his 21 month sentence be shortened, he will not be released yet: he has also been convicted of the rape of a 72-year-old woman in the town where McCann disappeared.