Published On: Mon, Sep 10th, 2012

Saad Al-Hilli, killed in brutal Alps shooting, may have ties to defense companies

A very brutal shooting in the Alps, taking the lives of three adults remains headlines throughout Europe.

Saad Al-Hilli, the man murdered in the shooting, may have ties to the defense industry.

The Telegraph reports that there is growing speculation over the motives for the killings. French detectives are reportedly keen to question work colleagues of Saad after discovering that he was killed while working on a secret contract for one of Britain’s biggest defense companies.

He worked for Surrey Satellites Technology Limited (SSTL) near Guildford, and detectives are expected to ask colleagues about whether his work may have made him a target for assassination.

Mr Al-Hilli was part of a team involved in an undisclosed project linked to European Aeronautic Defence and Space. The company designs and launches satellites for clients who want an “eye in the sky” for commercial, civil or security purposes.

Al-Hilli was killed alongside his wife and mother-in-law last week. His daughters Zainab, seven, and Zeena, four, survived the killing.


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