Madeleine McCann suspect injured while awaiting trial

Madeleine McCann suspect injured while awaiting trial

A suspect involved in the disappearance of the British toddler who vanished from a Portugese holiday resort 13 years ago has suffered two broken ribs in an incident at a German court.

Christian Brueckner is serving time on a drug conviction and was taken to Braunschweig state court on Monday for a hearing on that case.

Court spokeswoman Jessica Knab-Henrichs told The Associated Press that he was treated in hospital for two broken ribs.

He was then returned to the court where the hearing was carried out.

While details have not been released yet, the spokeswoman says the incident is under investigation.

Brueckner is a suspect in the disappearence of Madeleine but prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence to hold him on the McCann case alone.

Brueckner will finish serving his drug trafficking charge in January, but he has been convicted in of the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal and sentenced to another seven years.

That conviction is under appeal.

McCann was 3 at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while vacationing with her parents and siblings in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region.

German authorities in June said they had identified the 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case and were looking into him on suspicion of murder.