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Suspect arrested for murder of Brit family found dead in French Alps in a cold case that spanned 9 years

COPS has arrested a person in connection with the murder of a British family in a notorious gun attack in the Alps nine years ago.

In 2012, businessman Surrey Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, were gunned down in a horrific attack.

Saad al-Hilli, along with his wife Iqbal and mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, were shot down in a horrific attack

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Saad al-Hilli, along with his wife Iqbal and mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, were shot down in a horrific attack
The car the Al-Hilli family was in when the attack happened

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The car the Al-Hilli family was in when the attack happened
The site of the attack in the French Alps

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The site of the attack in the French AlpsCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died in a bloodbath, after being shot seven times at open range.

Al-Hillis’ daughter Zeena, four, hid under the car and was not injured, while her sister, Zainab, seven, was shot and beaten but recovered well.

Despite a worldwide investigation, the individual or gang responsible has never been caught.

But Line Bonnet-Mathis, who has just been appointed prosecutor of the case, confirmed that the investigation is still very active.

Referring to the village closest to the crime scene, she said: “The Chevaline case is ongoing, and still involves an investigating judge and investigators.”

She confirmed that forensic officers had returned to the scene.

They were accompanied by local magistrates, who received orders to close the road for two 24-hour periods, from Wednesday night to Friday.

Their work is carried out under strict secrecy, with all traffic, including planes flying overhead, banned by court order.

“This is an opportunity for the new legal team to examine elements of the case, including inconsistencies in the witnesses’ wills,” another investigative source said.

When asked if a re-creation took place, the source said: “It’s not technically – it’s an opportunity for the team to get to know the scene more.”

Earlier this year, detectives said they were investigating a possible link between the murders and a Paris-based contract killer gang.

The pistol rounds found at the home of one member – a former police intelligence officer – were of the same size as those from the antique Luger PO6 used to kill Al-Hillis.

CAN ‘LONE-WOLF’ ATTACK

Investigators believe that if the whole gang is involved, it is likely that the cyclist – Mr Mollier – is the prime target.

He is a welder in a subsidiary of nuclear power group Areva, but stresses in his personal life are more likely to have been the motive for making him a target, they said.

Confused French investigators looked at many other potential reasons for the attacks.

These range from Mr Al-Hilli’s past life in Iraq, including potential financial connections to the late dictator Saddam Hussein, to claims that a psychopath ‘lone wolf’ ‘ is the cause of a random attack.

But there’s no theory surrounding the so-called Alpine Murder that stuck, meaning there’s been no criminal indictment.

In September 2020, sisters Zainab and Zeena were again examined by the police in the hope that they would be able to come up with new relationships.

Police even probed Saad’s work on building military satellites as a motive and his brother, Zaid, 61, was asked about an alleged feud but said he wouldn’t have to. face any action.

Saad and Iqbal with their eldest daughter Zainab who was 3 years old at the time

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Saad and Iqbal with their eldest daughter Zainab who was 3 years old at the time
Police outside the al-Hilli family's Surrey home monitoring their murder

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Police outside the al-Hilli family’s Surrey home monitoring their murder
Murder of British family in the Alps: Man arrested

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