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Suspect arrested in murder of British family in French Alps

Published on Feb 18, 2014 6:13 PM

LYON (AFP) - French police arrested a 48-year-old man on Tuesday suspected of being the motorcyclist spotted near the scene of an execution-style killing of a British family of Iraqi origin in 2012, a prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Eric Maillaud said in a statement that the arrest had been prompted by witness testimony after a sketch of an unknown man riding a motorcycle near the crime scene in south-eastern France was made public in November.

France 3 television said the man arrested was from the region where the killings had occurred and that he had not previously been known to police. No other details were immediately available.

Mr Saad al-Hilli, an Iraqi-born British engineer, was found shot dead in September 2012 with his wife and mother-in-law in their BMW car on a remote mountain road near the village of Chevaline in the Rhone-Alpes region. The body of a cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was discovered nearby.

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