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German police sent an undercover officer to try and befriend Christian Brueckner in an attempt to get him to admit to kidnapping Madeleine McCann, according to a new report.
The undercover officer posed as a prisoner and was sent in to try and strike up a friendship with suspect Brueckner while he was in Wolfenbüttel, the Mirror reports.
The officer was sent in off the back of a tip-off from a former friend of Brueckner who spent time with him while on the Algarve in Portugal.
The ex-pal told police Brueckner had admitted that he had been involved with the three-year-old’s disappearance from Praia da Luz.
After being given the information, cops reportedly sent in one of their men to try and get a similar confession from Brueckner, but the plan failed.
When asked by The Mirror, prosecutors in Braunschweig refused to comment on the reported ‘sting’ operation.
Brueckner is now in solitary confinement in a different prison.
Back in October, German prosecutors said they have ‘strong new evidence’ that could lead to Brueckner being charged.
Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters 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."
Brueckner is a convicted paedophile who is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a German jail for the rape of a woman in Portugal in 2005.
Wolters and Scotland Yard launched a public appeal for any information about the man last year, but he had been on their radar for many years before this.
Speaking to Sky News in June, Wolters said: "By that time Christian B had been under investigation already for three years. We did not take the decision to go public lightly.
"Since then we have found a lot more pieces of the puzzle, but I cannot reveal what they are.
"We are making progress and have the same number of investigators working on the case, but we don't yet have enough to charge the suspect."
He added: "There is no time limit to our investigation, but we won't keep it going forever."
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