French investigators re-examine scene where British al-Hilli family were shot dead near Lake Annecy nine years ago

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French investigators re-examine scene where British al-Hilli family were shot dead near Lake Annecy nine years ago


French investigators have returned to where three members of a British family were shot dead in the Alps nine years ago.

Saad al-Hilli, 50, who lived Surrey, was shot dead along with his wife Iqbal, 47, and stepmother Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, as they tried to leave the village of Chevaline in a BMW on September 5, 2012.

Local magistrates and forensic investigators cordoned off the alpine road where it happened, near Lake Annecy in France’s Haute-Savoie Wednesday.

The investigation was still ongoing on Friday.

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The shooting scene photographed in 2012

Annecy prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis told local media there were no new developments in the case, but detectives “are examining inconsistencies in testimony and schedules.”

Al-Hilli’s two daughters, Zeena, four, and Zainab, seven, were also caught in the shooting but survived.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, died after being shot seven times at close range.

No one has ever been charged with the murders, prompting a search of the family’s home in Claygate, Surrey.

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Police are pictured ransacking al-Hilli’s family home in Claygate, Surrey in 2012

Earlier this year, detectives were investigating a possible link between the deaths of al-Hilli and a gang of hitmen living in Paris.

One of the gang members was found to have pistol cartridges similar to those fired from the weapon who killed the victims at Chevaline nine years ago.

Investigators said at the time that if there was a link, it was more likely that the Frenchman, Mr Mollier, was the intended target.

Other possible reasons for the attack the authorities sounded ranged from the family’s stay in their native Iraq and alleged ties to ousted dictator Saddam Hussein to a “lone wolf” murder.

The investigation is continuing.

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