Last updated on Feb 8th, 2021 at 04:18 pm

Germany’s Federal Court will be the one to rule on whether the suspect in the case of the missing British girl Madeleine McCann should be eligible for early release, the state court in the city of Braunschweig said on Monday

The decision to call in the high court came after lower level courts in Kiel and Braunschweig failed to agree on which jurisdiction is responsible for taking the decision.

A 43-year-old man in prison in the northern city of Kiel is serving a sentence imposed for a drugs offence in 2011.

The sentence ends in 2021, but the man has served two thirds of the time and has applied for early release.

The Kiel court threw the case back to Braunschweig, saying that the court there had begun looking into the issue before the man’s transfer to Kiel.

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But the Braunschweig court said that the application for early release had been withdrawn there.

Man still unnamed in Germany

The man, who has not been named in Germany, is under investigation for the May 2007 abduction of the girl from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese seaside resort of Praia da Luz days before her fourth birthday.

The case drew widespread attention in European and international media at the time.

German investigators say they believe she is dead. They are seeking further evidence in the hope of laying a formal charge.

It is not clear when the Federal Court in the western city of Karlsruhe will deliver its decision.

Author: ANA Newswire