A British man has been arrested in Malta in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.
76-year-old Roderick MacDonald has been living in Malta for the last two years following a conviction for abusing two young girls. He has also served prison time in Australia for child sex offenses.
Roderick, who was living in Portugal at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, has not been charged but is being questioned about his connections to a paedophile ring linked with the abduction.
The man is due to be extradited back to the UK for further questioning.
This arrest comes as a new investigation is launched into the tragic disappearance seven years ago.
A new Portuguese prosecutor, Ines Sequeira, was appointed this week and she is said to be “utterly determined” to solve the case.
“Ms Sequeira is one of the sharpest and most ambitious prosecutors in Portugal,” a source told reporters. “She is utterly determined to get a result on the Madeleine inquiry.”
Ines will be leading the investigation as Scotland Yard prepares to return to Portugal and “re-interview” several suspects.