Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2013

Zaid Al-Hilli, brother of Saad Al-Hilli, arrested in connection with Alps murders

Police in Britain have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder a British family of Iraqi origin who were killed in a high-profile murder in France last year, French public prosecutor Eric Maillaud said on Monday.

Zaid Al-Hilli, age 54, was arrested in connection to the murder of his brother Saad al-Hilli, an Iraqi-born British engineer, was found shot dead in September 2012 with his wife and mother-in-law in their BMW car on a remote mountain road near the village of Chevaline, with the body of a cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, discovered nearby.

Zaid al-Hilli and brotherThey were killed in what appeared to be execution-style murders, with at least two hits to the head from a semi-automatic pistol.

At one point, the cyclist (Sylvain Mollier) was considered the primary target. (more here)

“Several lines of questioning closed over time… The main theory today is linked to the family,” Maillaud said.

“There seems to have been a real desire on Zaid’s part to recover his father’s wealth, to Saad’s detriment, by any means necessary, including illegally.”

Maillaud said there was no formal evidence, but that police now had enough elements to question Zaid as a suspect.

Zaid Al-Hilli was questioned by French police in March, when he is understood to have been asked about an alleged dispute with his brother over a family inheritance.

Their Iraqi father Kadhim Al-Hilli died in Spain two years ago, leaving several properties and £800,000 in a Geneva bank account. Saad hired lawyers to block Kadhim’s will until “unknown” disputes had been resolved, according to legal papers.

A statement from Surrey Police said: “Detectives investigating the deaths of four people near Annecy, southern France in September last year have this morning arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

“The 54-year-old man was detained at an address in Chessington, Surrey at around 7:30am and is currently in police custody where he will be interviewed.

“Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli from Claygate, Surrey and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were found shot dead along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier on a remote forest road in Chevaline on September 5 2012.

“As part of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which was established on September 21 last year, officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have been working closely with the French authorities to progress a number of lines of enquiry.

“This pre-planned arrest is a result of these on-going enquiries and any updates will be issued in due course.”

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