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Alps murder victim's brother facing no further police action

  • British police officers at the home of a family shot dead in their car in the French Alps, in Claygate, in south-east England, on September 9, 2012. (AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS)

LONDON: The brother of Saad al-Hilli, a British-Iraqi man mysteriously gunned down with his family in the French Alps in 2012, was released from bail on Wednesday and no further action will be taken against him.

Zaid al-Hilli, 54, who was arrested in June last year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, had his bail cancelled because there was not enough evidence to charge him, Surrey Police said in a statement.

"At this stage there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any criminal offence and no further police action is being taken at this time," it said.

Saad al-Hilli was shot dead along with his wife and her mother in September 2012 in a woodland car park close to the village of Chevaline, in the hills above Lake Annecy in southeast France.

His two daughters, aged seven and four at the time, survived the gruesome attack but French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, apparently an innocent bystander, was also killed.

The Hilli family lived in the Surrey village of Claygate, a leafy suburb outside London.

Zaid al-Hilli, who lives in nearby Chessington, had publicly protested his innocence, accusing French investigators of a cover-up.

Surrey Police did not identify Zaid al-Hilli by name, only referring to a 54-year-old man from Chessington.

"This remains a French-led investigation and officers from the Surrey and Sussex major crime team continue to work closely with the French authorities," the statement said.

"We have carried out exhaustive enquiries in the UK on a number of active lines of enquiry."

 
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