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Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner confessed a catalogue of crimes to TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas.
But he insisted he had nothing to do with the then three-year-old’s disappearance.
The Brit ex-cop, 52, is the first person the convicted child sex offender has opened up to since he was accused of killing the missing youngster by law chiefs in his native Germany two years ago.
In a Channel 5 film Madeleine McCann: The Case Against Christian B, tomorrow (Wednesday, May 11) at 9pm, Mark said: “There were quite a lot of letters back and forth. He talks very openly.”
Brueckner, 44, confessed to flogging drugs from his camper van at an Algarve tourist beach. But Mark, who exposed Jimmy Savile as a paedophile, said he wrote about an alibi.
Brueckner claiming he was seeing a 17-year-old German girl on holiday in the area.
Mark added: “In that last letter that we have, that we feature in the documentary, he tells us his alibi.
“We set out to see if his alibi had any validity. We took it with a real pinch of salt. Brueckner is protective of her – she has moved on with her life now and he doesn’t want to drag her into it. He wouldn’t tell us who she was. We had to find her ourselves.”
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Mark tracked down the alibi and said she told him: “I was with him for that week.”
She described being stopped at a roadblock with Brueckner after Madeleine went missing in 2007.
Yesterday we told how Mark is adamant Madeleine's real abductor will go free because the Germans have the wrong man.
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He said: "I am no fan of Christian Brueckner. He has committed some horrific offences.
"But that doesn’t make him the killer of Madeleine McCann unless there is the evidence to support that. And there isn’t.
"They cannot place him outside Madeleine’s apartment on the day of the disappearance and furthermore he has a credible alibi which places him away from there. And there is evidence of non-changing behaviour.
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