French Police Arrest Suspect in 2012 Killing of British Family, French Cyclist in Alpine Region

French police on Jan. 12 arrested a suspect over the unsolved murder case of a British family of Iraqi origin and a French cyclist in a remote Alpine region in 2012.

According to a police statement, officers took the man in custody from the Alpine town of Chambery “to do verifications regarding his schedule.”

Line Bonnet, the public prosecutor in Annecy, said that police arrested the suspect at 8 a.m. local time without providing further information.

Bonnet said that further details would be publicly released when the detention period expires, but the investigation was covered by judicial secrecy laws.

French news channel BFM TV reported that police had already interviewed the suspect as a witness in the case but he was never detained.

Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal, and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf were shot dead in a woodland park near the village of Chevaline in the hills above Lake Annecy on Sept. 5, 2012.

The three were each shot several times in their British-registered car.

Police found over two dozen spent bullet bases near the vehicle.

The couple’s daughters Zainab and Zeena, who were aged seven and four at the time, survived the attack.

Zeena sustained serious head injuries after being shot and badly beaten, while Zeena was found hiding under her mother’s body inside the car.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was killed at point-blank range after apparently stumbling on the scene.

Police have detained several individuals in connection with the case, including Saad’s brother Zaid, but no charges have ever been brought.


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