The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

4-year-old Alps killings survivor to return home


CLAYGATE, United Kingdom (AFP) - The four-year-old girl who survived the execution-style killing of her family in the French Alps was due to return to Britain on Sunday as police again quizzed relatives and scoured the family home.

Zeena al-Hilli was set to return accompanied by an aunt and uncle who travelled to France to bring her home, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.

She and her seven-year-old sister Zainab were the only survivors of an attack that saw her father Saad al-Hilli, mother Ikbal and an elderly female relative gunned down in their car on a forested Alpine road. A passing cyclist was also killed.

Her uncle Zaid al-Hilli will face a second day of questioning from investigators, the source added. Zaid presented himself to police in Britain following the murder, denying media reports that the brothers were involved in a financial dispute.