British police have arrested a man in connection with the murders last year in the French Alps of a UK family of Iraqi origin.
The 54-year-old is suspected of conspiracy to murder his brother, Saad Al-Hilli, along with al-Hilli’s wife and mother-in-law, who were gunned down in their car on a remote mountain road near Annecy in September. A French cyclist was also shot dead nearby.
The family’s two young daughters survived: one had been shot and beaten, the other was found hidden under her mother’s body several hours later.
This morning’s arrest took place at Chessington in Surrey, not far from the victims’ family home at Claygate.
Police say the arrest was “pre-planned” and the result of ongoing inquiries. British and French investigators have been co-operating closely on the case.
French prosecutors confirmed that the arrested man is Zaid Al-Hilli, the dead man’s brother, who has previously denied reports of a family feud.