Suspect arrested in 2012 murder of British family in French Alpso

Saad al-Hili, his wife, Iqbal al-Hili, and their 74-year-old mother-in-law were shot and killed on the outskirts of Chevalin, near Lake Annecy, on September 5, 2012. Al-Hilis’ Two Young Daughters survived the shootout, with wounds from a beating and a gunshot.

At the same time a French cyclist Sylvain Molire was also shot and killed.

“A man was detained by Chambery’s investigative unit in connection with the murder of the Al Healy family and Sylvain Molier on January 12, 2022 at 8:05 a.m. (local), referred to as the ‘Chevalin Case’,” statement said.

According to the statement, the arrest was made to verify the suspect’s schedule.

According to CNN affiliate BFMTV, the unidentified man, who was staying with his accomplice, was arrested on the orders of the investigating judge assigned to the case. He has already been heard as a witness in this case.

His house was also searched on Wednesday morning.

This is not the first time that the investigation team has taken someone into custody. None of the previous arrests made a breakthrough or a charge.

According to BFMTV, last September, a crime reconstruction was conducted in the village of Chevlin in the presence of several witnesses. Investigators were trying to trace the killer’s path and the timing of his actions.

The reasons for the attack remain a mystery.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1962, Saad al-Hili was a naturalized British citizen who had been living in the United Kingdom for decades. He was an engineer working at Surrey Satellite Technology, a high-tech company owned by EADS, an aerospace corporation that manufactures satellites.

He lived with his wife in the town of Claget in the southern English county of Surrey. The couple’s eldest daughter, then seven years old found badly injured by a British cyclist who was the first to appear at the shooting scene. The second daughter, aged four, was found hiding under her dead mother’s feet in the back of the car only hours later.