Saturday 21 October 2017

Brother arrested over four Alps murders

Police Officers stand outside the home of Saad al-Hilli in Claygate, south of London
Police Officers stand outside the home of Saad al-Hilli in Claygate, south of London
Saad Al-Hilli was murdered last year in the French Alps with his family

Martha Linden

The brother of a British engineer shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps last year was arrested in Surrey today on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli, Mrs Al-Hilli's mother Suhaila al-Allaf, and local man Sylvain Mollier, were murdered on a remote mountain road near Annecy.

 

Surrey Police said the 54-year-old suspect, who they did not name, was detained at an address in Chessington at around 7.30am "and is currently in police custody where he will be interviewed".

 

Mr Al-Hilli's brother Zaid Hilli, who is in his 50s and lives in Surrey, has previously denied any feud with his sibling over an inheritance.

 

Surrey Police set up a joint investigation team to work with French police on solving the brutal murders.

 

The al-Hillis' four-year-old daughter Zeena lay undiscovered under her mother's corpse in their BMW for eight hours after the shooting, while her seven-year-old sister Zainab was found with serious injures after being shot and beaten.

 

The victims lived in a smart detached home in Esher.

 

Surrey police said today's arrest was pre-planned and the result of on-going inquiries.

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