Suspect Arrested In France Over Alps Killings

Ankara - French police arrested a 48-year-old man on Tuesday in connection with the murders of a British engineer, his family and a local cyclist in the French Alps in September 2012.

The suspect, from the Haute-Savoie region of eastern France, was placed in custody and detained, Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said. The suspect was reportedly arrested in Chevaline on suspicion of killing three members of the British-Iraqi Al-Hilli family and a local cyclist.

The arrest comes after an sketch of a man wearing a motorbike helmet was published in early November last year.

On the 5th of September 2012, Saad al-Hilli and his wife Ikbal, from Claygate in Surrey, and her mother Suhaila Al-Allaf, were shot dead, as well as a local cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, on a remote forest road in Chevaline near Annecy in Geneva.

The two daughters of the al-Hilli family were left seriously injured after the attack, the eldest of which was shot and beaten. The youngest daughter remained hidden under the skirt of her dead mother and came out uninjured.

Al-Hilli's brother Zaid was arrested by British police and released on bail last month when Surrey police said there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

The 54-year-old brother from Chessington, Surrey, was allegedly in a dispute with his brother over the inheritance of a £825,000 home in Claygate, Surrey, previously owned by their mother.

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