"I can confirm that we also investigated the suspected rape and a young Irish woman in 2004 in the Algarve (region where Madeleine McCann disappeared)", prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told AFP. The inquiry was opened in June, according to Wolters.

It has been revealed that victim filed a complaint after the facts 16 years ago, after seeing in the media in early June, photos of the main suspect, the German Christian B.

In addition to the Madeleine case, Christian B. is also linked to a sexual assault investigation involving a 10-year-old girl at the time of the facts, in the Algarve, in April 2007, a few weeks before the British girl's disappearance. The suspect lived at the time a few kilometres from where the McCann family was staying, in Praia da Luz.

The Madeleine McCann case gained new momentum in June, with the identification of Christian B, a 43 year old man. The lawyer of Christian B said that his client denies all the accusations related to Madeleine McCann.