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Man arrested in connection with Alps murders

Published måndag 24 juni 2013 kl 21.22
A police officer inspects the site of the murders. Photo: Lionel Cironneau/Scanpix.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested in the UK in connection with the murder of four people, including a Swedish woman, in the French Alps.

Saad al-Hilli and his wife Iqbal, from Surrey, England, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf from Stockholm, and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier were shot on September 5th 2012.

They were found dead near a camping site by Lake Annecy.

According to French investigators, the arrested man is a relative of the murdered family, but British police did not want to confirm that claim.

The suspect was allegedly involved in an inheritance conflict with one of the murdered family members and had previously been questioned by the police.

The al-Hillis were Iraqi citizens. Suhaila al-Allaf was a Swedish citizen who also held an Iraqi passport.

The al-Hillis young daughters survived the shooting.

Four-year-old Zeena was discovered under her mother's body inside the car eight hours after the shooting. Her seven-year-old sister Zainab was found with serious head injuries after being shot and beaten.

The suspect denies the allegations.

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