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French authorities are accused of cover-up by brother of British tourist who was mysteriously gunned down in the Alps along with his family

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The French authorities have been accused of a cover up by the brother of a British tourist who was mysteriously shot in the Alps with his family.

Zaid al-Hilli has slammed the French investigation and claimed they had gone ‘the wrong way’ in the search for the killer. 

Saad al-Hilli was gunned down alongside his wife, Iqbal Al-Hilli, 47, and her mother, Suhaila al-Allaf, 74 in Septmeber 2012. 

The three fatal casualties were each shot three times with at least one shot to the head.  

The bloodbath in an isolated layby close to Lake Annecy, in eastern France, also claimed the life of cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45.

Saad al-Hilli (pictured) was gunned down alongside his wife, Iqbal Al-Hilli, 47, and her mother, Suhaila al-Allaf, 74 in Septmeber 2012 in the French Alps

Saad al-Hilli (pictured) was gunned down alongside his wife, Iqbal Al-Hilli, 47, and her mother, Suhaila al-Allaf, 74 in Septmeber 2012 in the French Alps

Zaid al-Hilli, the brother of the victim of the fatal shooting has hit out at the French investigation, calling it a cover up

Zaid al-Hilli, the brother of the victim of the fatal shooting has hit out at the French investigation, calling it a cover up 

The car where the al-Hilli family were fatally shot. French police initially arrested Mr al-Hilli and believed there was a feud between the brothers over their parents' £1million home

The car where the al-Hilli family were fatally shot. French police initially arrested Mr al-Hilli and believed there was a feud between the brothers over their parents’ £1million home

The al-Hilli’s seven-year-old daughter, Zainab Al-Hilli, was shot in the shoulder and beaten around the head, while her sister, Zeena Al-Halli, four, escaped by hiding in the back of the family’s BMW car.

Mr al-Hilli, 63, was arrested in 2013 after Eric Maillaud, the state prosecutor, theorised that the al-Hillis were the target of a shoot-to-kill murder.

Mr Maillaud focused on a feud between the brothers over the inheritance of a £1million family home from their parents.

However, he was later released as their was insufficient evidence to charge him. 

Mr al-Hilli suggested that the cyclist, Mr Mollier was in fact the intended target and slammed prosecutors for wasting time by going after him. 

Mr Mollier had been involved in a dispute over a pharmacy business that was being transferred to his girlfriend, Claire Schutz, by her parents.

He shared a son with the 30-year-old heiress and had given up his job as a factory metalworker.

The brother of the tragic shooting victim said: ‘The original investigation was a deception, to attempt to deceive us. It was a local crime and has been covered up.’ The Times reported. 

The bloodbath in an isolated layby close to Lake Annecy, in eastern France , also claimed the life of cyclist Sylvain Mollier (pictured), 45

The bloodbath in an isolated layby close to Lake Annecy, in eastern France , also claimed the life of cyclist Sylvain Mollier (pictured), 45

Saad al-Hilli with one of his children. His seven-year-old daughter, Zainab Al-Hilli, was shot in the shoulder and beaten around the head, while her sister, Zeena Al-Halli, four, escaped by hiding in the back of the family's BMW car

Saad al-Hilli with one of his children. His seven-year-old daughter, Zainab Al-Hilli, was shot in the shoulder and beaten around the head, while her sister, Zeena Al-Halli, four, escaped by hiding in the back of the family’s BMW car

members of the press at the murder scene in the Haute-Savoie region in south-eastern France

members of the press at the murder scene in the Haute-Savoie region in south-eastern France

He added that the allegations against him were not supported by any evidence and claimed the police had failed to look at any possible local motives, instead focusing on British and Iraqi links. 

Mr al-Hilli’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said it would probably take a ‘stroke of luck’ to find the killer. 

He said that people might be more open to talk with time and hoped that there would be justice for the families.  

French police revealed earlier this week that DNA testing might be able to solve the baffling cold case.

Investigators from France’s elite cold case unit in the Paris suburb of Nanterre have ordered the ‘unsealing of the fragments’.

The clothes Sylvian Mollier and Zainab Al-Hilli were wearing on the fateful day are also going to be reexamined, along with some 10 cigarette butts found around the area. 

‘It is hoped that new examinations will uncover DNA traces,’ said an investigating source. ‘If yes, then they will be sent for comparison with a national genetic fingerprint file which lists more than four million fingerprints, to see if there is a match.’

DNA can be obtained from even a single fingerprint, and analysis has improved significantly since the Alps murders investigation was first launched, said the source.

Mr Mollier, a father of three, was wearing a helmet, cycling shoes, and sports clothing when he was killed, and all of it will be analysed by a specialist laboratory in the Paris area, along with Zainab’s clothes and shoes.

But it is the gun which holds the most hope of a breakthrough, as it is guaranteed to have been in direct contact with the killer.

Most of the Luger was removed from the scene, but small pieces of the grip plates were found near the BMW.

In January, a cold case dating back to 2008 was solved in France thanks to new DNA testing.

The body of Caroline Marcel, a 45-year-old jogger was found half submerged in a river, and the new testing methods matched DNA found on her corpse with DNA held in the national database, leading to the arrest of a known sex offender.



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