The brother of a British engineer shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps last year was arrested today on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli, Mrs Al-Hilli’s mother Suhaila al-Allaf, and local man Sylvain Mollier, were murdered on a remote mountain road near Annecy.
Surrey Police said the 54-year-old suspect, who they did not name, was detained 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 aged 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.
The victims lived in a detached home in Esher.
Surrey police said today’s arrest was pre-planned and the result of on-going inquiries.