Man arrested over British family murder in French Alps

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Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:39 AM
Man arrested over British family murder in French Alps

LONDON (Reuters) - Police in Britain have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder a British family of Iraqi origin who were killed in a high-profile murder in southern France last year.

"The 54-year-old man was detained at an address in Chessington, Surrey at around 7:30am (2:30 am EST) and is currently in police custody where he will be interviewed," police said in a statement. There were no further details of the suspect.

Husband and wife Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli, also from the county of Surrey, southwest of London, were killed in September 2012, along with Ikbal's mother, Suhaila al-Allaf, prompting a joint murder investigation between British and French authorities.

A French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was also found dead near the scene.

The killings happened on a remote mountain road near the French town of Annecy, close to the Swiss and Italian borders.

The pair's four-year old daughter survived the attack, spending several hours cowered among the bodies of her dead parents and grandmother.

(Reporting By Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)