A 54-year-old man was arrested in England today in connection with the murders of three members of a British family and a French cyclist who were shot dead in the Alps in September last year.
Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli, Mrs Al-Hilli’s mother Suhaila al-Allaf, and Sylvain Mollier, were murdered on a remote mountain road near Annecy.
Surrey Police said the suspect, who they did not name, was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
He was held at an address in Chessington at around 7:30am “and is currently in police custody where he will be interviewed”.
Mr Al-Hilli’s brother Zaid Hilli, who is in his 50s and lives in Surrey, has previously denied any feud with his sibling over an inheritance.
Surrey Police set up a Joint Investigation Team to work with French police on solving the brutal murders.
The al-Hillis’ four-year-old daughter Zeena lay undiscovered under her mother’s corpse in their BMW for eight hours after the shooting, while her seven-year-old sister Zainab was found with serious injures after being shot and beaten.
Surrey police said today’s arrest was pre-planned and the result of on-going inquiries.