Latest Alps shooting News

  • Police drop custody of ex-cop in Alps murder probe
    Police drop custody of ex-cop in Alps murder probe Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    A French ex-cop was formally released from custody Friday in a probe into the 2012 killing of a British-Iraqi family, but he was to be immediately re-arrested on suspicion of arms trafficking. More »

  • Detained French ex-cop denies role in Alps murders
    Detained French ex-cop denies role in Alps murders Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    A former French policeman denied any role in the killing of a British-Iraqi family in 2012 as police on Thursday extended his detention despite admitting that he seemed to have no link to the case. More »

  • No breakthrough in Alps murder mystery despite arrest
    No breakthrough in Alps murder mystery despite arrest Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    Hopes of a breakthrough in the mysterious 2012 murders of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the French Alps were dashed Wednesday as officials said a man in custody seemed to have no link to the case. More »

  • Alps Murders: 'No Obvious Link' To Arrested Man
    Alps Murders: 'No Obvious Link' To Arrested Man Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    Police investigating the murder of a British family in the French Alps say the man they are holding is suspected of arms trafficking. Saad al Hilli, an Iraqi-born British tourist, was shot dead along with his wife Iqbal and her mother in his BMW estate. Passing French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also killed after apparently stumbling upon the scene. Hopes had been raised on Tuesday when French police detained the former officer, believed to be Eric Devouassoux, who is still in custody. More »

  • Alps Murder Suspect Had Interest In WWII Guns
    Alps Murder Suspect Had Interest In WWII Guns Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    The man, believed to be former police officer Eric Devouassoux, was arrested on Tuesday after an artists impression was released in November. He is being held in custody in connection with the killings of Saad al Hilli, his wife Iqbal and her mother Suhaila al Allaf, who were found shot dead in the family's BMW in the foothills of the Alps in September. In a new conference on Wednesday, French prosecutor Eric Maillaud said that the suspect - who he didn't name - had been arrested after police had 100 calls from the public. Mobile phone data also placed the suspect close to the scene on the day, Mr Maillaud said. More »

  • Al-Hilli Family French Alps Murders Second Suspect Held
    Al-Hilli Family French Alps Murders Second Suspect Held Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    Prosecutors investigating the killing of three members of a British family and a local cyclist near a French resort have arrested a second man after a former policeman was detained on Tuesday. Prosecutor Eric Maillaud said that investigations into the killing of Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, his mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf and French cyclist Sylvain Mollie in the resort of Lake Annecy in September 2012 were ongoing. A second investigation for arms trafficking has been opened against the pair. The prosecutor confirmed that the first suspect  had worked locally as a police officer until June 2013. More »

  • Man Arrested Over Alps Murders Is 'Former Cop'
    Man Arrested Over Alps Murders Is 'Former Cop' Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    A man arrested over the murder of three members of a British family and a French cyclist in the Alps is reportedly a former policeman. It is the first time anyone has been arrested in France in connection with the case, which has baffled investigators despite major efforts on both sides of the Channel. Iraqi-born Saad al Hilli, his wife Iqbal and her mother Suhaila al Allaf were found dead in their BMW on a remote mountain road near Lake Annecy, in southern France. The body of French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was found nearby. More »

  • Breakthrough in French Alps murder probe as ex-cop arrested
    Breakthrough in French Alps murder probe as ex-cop arrested Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    French police Tuesday arrested a 48-year-old man, described by a source as a former cop, over the 2012 killings of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist, in their first breakthrough in the case. More »

  • Arms-Loving ex-Policeman is Suspect in Al-Hilli Family French Alps Slaying
    Arms-Loving ex-Policeman is Suspect in Al-Hilli Family French Alps Slaying Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    Sketchy details about a 48-year-old man who was arrested in France in connection with the 2012 killing of three members of a British family and a local cyclist in Haute Savoie, in the French alps. Sources close to the investigation described the suspect to French media as "a reserved mountaineer" and a "weapons' lover" who lived a reclusive life. The suspect reportedly worked as municipal police officer in Menthon-Saint-Bernard a village on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy. He was dismissed from police forces in June last year, the city mayor said. More »

  • Al-Hilli Family French Alps Murders: Lone Wolf Suspect, 48, Arrested
    Al-Hilli Family French Alps Murders: Lone Wolf Suspect, 48, Arrested Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    France police have arrested a man in connection with the killing of three members of a British family as well as a local cyclist near the French resort of Lake Annecy in September 2012. Prosecutors investigating the murders of Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, his mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf and a French cyclist Sylvain Mollie said they have arrested a 48-year-old resident of the Haute Savoie region in the Alps. "This arrest, which will perhaps not be the only one, is the result of information gathered after the publication of an identikit image on November 4, 2013 of a motorcyclist seen near the scene of the crime and actively sought by investigators," prosecutor Eric Maillaud said, Le Point Newspaper reported. More »

  • No UK charges for Alps murder victim's brother
    No UK charges for Alps murder victim's brother Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    The brother of a British-Iraqi man mysteriously gunned down with his family in the French Alps in 2012 said he was "relieved" on Wednesday after being told he would not face charges from British police. More »

  • Couple bid to look after Alps murders children
    Couple bid to look after Alps murders children Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    A couple looking after two sisters who escaped unharmed when their parents were shot dead in the French Alps want to live permanently in Britain with the children, a court heard Monday. More »

  • Woman Shot Dead By Masked Men In Alps
    Woman Shot Dead By Masked Men In Alps Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    A 54-year-old woman has been shot dead at her home in the French Alps, according to local media. The victim, who has not been named, and her husband ran a popular campsite called 'Ideal' near Lake Annecy. Police are unsure of the motive and Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said: "All hypotheses are possible. The murder happened just miles from where members of a British-Iraqi family were killed on a remote road near Lake Annecy. More »

  • Alps Murders: Sketch Of Motorcyclist Released
    Alps Murders: Sketch Of Motorcyclist Released Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    Police investigating the murder of a family in the French Alps have released a sketch of a mysterious motorcyclist they want to speak to about the attack. The bearded biker, who was wearing a rare type of crash helmet, was seen by witnesses at the scene of the shooting in September 2012, close to the village of Chevaline above Lake Annecy. Saad al Hilli, a 50-year-old British-Iraqi businessman, was gunned down in the attack, in which his wife and her mother were also killed. More »

  • French police hope sketch will revive Alps murder probe
    French police hope sketch will revive Alps murder probe Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    French police are hoping to revive their probe into the killing of a British-Iraqi family in the Alps with the release Monday of an identikit image of a mysterious motorcyclist. More »

  • French Alps murderer likely had accomplice: BBC
    French Alps murderer likely had accomplice: BBC Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    The murderer of a British-Iraqi businessman and his family in the French Alps last year probably had an accomplice, according to a BBC investigation. More »

  • I'm innocent, insists brother in French Alps murder case
    I'm innocent, insists brother in French Alps murder case Mon, Oct 21, 2013

    The brother of a British-Iraqi businessman who was gunned down with his family in the French Alps last year protested his innocence on Sunday in his first media interviews. More »

  • Alps Murders: Brother Denies Involvement
    Alps Murders: Brother Denies Involvement Sun, Oct 20, 2013

    The brother of a British-Iraqi businessman whose family were shot dead in the French Alps has again claimed he was not involved in the massacre. More »

  • Police reject theory 'seducer' cyclist behind Alps murders
    Police reject theory 'seducer' cyclist behind Alps murders Thu, Oct 10, 2013

    Investigators are convinced a local cyclist was not the target of last year's quadruple murder in the French Alps despite new reports he was a notorious playboy, a prosecutor said Thursday. More »

  • Alps murder probe focused on family dispute
    Alps murder probe focused on family dispute Fri, Sep 6, 2013

    French and British investigators probing a quadruple murder in the French Alps said Friday they were looking at a dispute over a family inheritance and possible industrial espionage as possible motives for the unexplained slaying. More »

  • Alps Murder Suspect Denies Involvement
    Alps Murder Suspect Denies Involvement Thu, Sep 5, 2013

    Alps murder suspect Zaid al Hilli has denied any involvement in the shooting of his brother Saad and other family members. More »

  • French Alps massacre still baffles one year on
    French Alps massacre still baffles one year on Thu, Sep 5, 2013

    The first anniversary of a quadruple murder in the French Alps was marked on Thursday with police still struggling to explain the extraordinary violent slaying. More »

  • French Alps shooting orphans to be 'raised by relatives'
    French Alps shooting orphans to be 'raised by relatives' Sun, Jul 28, 2013

    Two young sisters who were orphaned when their British-Iraqi parents and grandmother were shot dead in the French Alps last year can be brought up by relatives, a British judge has ruled. More »

  • Brother of victim in French Alps murders released on bail
    Brother of victim in French Alps murders released on bail Tue, Jun 25, 2013

    British police on Tuesday released on bail a suspect and brother of a murdered British-Iraqi man, Saad al-Hilli, who was shot dead along with his wife, mother-in-law and a French cyclist in the Alps last year. More »

  • Brother of victim held in UK over French Alps murders
    Brother of victim held in UK over French Alps murders Mon, Jun 24, 2013

    The brother of a British-Iraqi man shot dead with three other people in the French Alps last year was arrested in Britain on Monday in connection with the murders, French prosecutors said. More »

  • Romania link emerges in French Alps shooting probe
    Romania link emerges in French Alps shooting probe Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    Police probing the murder of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps last year are looking into telephone calls to Romania made from the phone of the brother of one of the victims, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation said Monday. More »

  • Alps Murders: Police Appeal Over Missing BMW
    Alps Murders: Police Appeal Over Missing BMW Tue, Apr 30, 2013

    British police helping their French counterparts investigating the murder of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps have released footage of a 4x4 vehicle seen close to the crime scene. More »

  • British police make appeal in Alps murder case
    British police make appeal in Alps murder case Mon, Apr 29, 2013

    British police assisting the investigation into last year's murder of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps on Monday released footage of a 4x4 vehicle seen close to the crime scene. More »

  • Alps Shootings: 'Fraud Bid' On Bank Accounts
    Alps Shootings: 'Fraud Bid' On Bank Accounts Mon, Nov 12, 2012

    Police have questioned a man on suspicion of attempting to access the bank accounts of an engineer murdered in the French Alps. More »

  • Alps Shootings: Swiss Bank Account 'Seized'
    Alps Shootings: Swiss Bank Account 'Seized' Sat, Oct 6, 2012

    Police hunting the killers of a British family shot in the Alps are investigating possible links between the murders and a Swiss bank account, according to reports. More »

  • Alps Shootings: Injured Girl Returns To UK
    Alps Shootings: Injured Girl Returns To UK Fri, Sep 14, 2012

    The schoolgirl injured in the attack that left her father, mother and grandmother dead in the Alps has left hospital in France. More »

  • Alps Murders: Witness Talks Of Awful Dilemma
    Alps Murders: Witness Talks Of Awful Dilemma Fri, Sep 14, 2012

    The British cyclist who chanced upon the scene of a quadruple murder in the French Alps has spoken of his horror at the discovery. More »

  • Alps Shootings: French Inquiry Focuses On UK
    Alps Shootings: French Inquiry Focuses On UK Thu, Sep 13, 2012

    French prosecutor Eric Maillaud, who has arrived in the UK, says the causes of the Alps shootings "have their origins in this country". More »

  • Alps Killings: Investigators Head To Britain
    Alps Killings: Investigators Head To Britain Thu, Sep 13, 2012

    The man leading the hunt for the killer of a British family in the French Alps is due to travel to England to pursue the murder investigation. More »

  • 'Shocking' Alps Deaths: Family's Heartbreak
    'Shocking' Alps Deaths: Family's Heartbreak Wed, Sep 12, 2012

    Relatives of the family murdered in the French Alps have said they are "heartbroken by this shocking crime". More »