Alps Murder Victim Had Saddam Hussein's Money
Saad Al-Hilli held part of the secret stash: German police
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
British police forensic officers Saturday Sept. 8, 2012, outside the home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, Britain.   (AP Photo / Steve Parsons, PA)

(Newser) – The British engineer killed in the French Alps may have been murdered for holding some of Saddam Hussein's private fortune, the Telegraph reports. German secret police have given French authorities evidence to that effect to help in their investigation of Iraqi-born Saad Al-Hilli, who was killed on September 5 with his wife, his mother-in-law, and a French cyclist. Al-Hilli's two daughters survived the attack, but were left deeply traumatized.

Hussein withdrew nearly $1 billion from an Iraqi bank in 2003 and started hiding it around the world in the bank accounts of Iraqi emigrants. But it's not clear whether Al-Hilli's father, Kadhim, received any money, because he had a falling out with Hussein's Ba'ath Party before leaving in the 1970s. French police have rejected the theory, the Guardian reports, but a French newspaper reports that Al-Hilli's struggle with his brother over their father's inheritance was really about money that came from Hussein.

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Oct 31, 2012 1:52 AM CDT
Oh. well then they deserved to die. No big deal.
Oct 29, 2012 12:11 PM CDT
Saad al-Hilli, - curious past and actions before he was killed suggested a man on the run. Rumors of secret Swiss bank accounts and hidden property, coupled with the discovery of a Taser gun and the fact that he changed the locks on his Surrey home before packing up the family camper and heading to France. Even the discovery of a phone message on al-Hilli’s phone from a worried teacher at the daughters’ school, wondering why they hadn’t turned up for the first day of class, seemed to underscore that the trip to France was spontaneous, and therefore suspicious. After meticulous forensic analyses of the blood splatters on the bodies and especially the soles of the victims’ feet, investigators now know with certainty that al-Hilli and his daughter Zainab were outside the family car when Mollier was shot. The cyclist’s blood was on al-Hilli’s pant leg and on the soles of his daughter’s feet, even though al-Hilli was shot through the window as he sat in the driver seat. The first shots at Mollier didn’t kill him, based on his autopsy report and his trail of blood on the ground. Instead, investigators theorize that the assassin disabled the cyclist—perhaps intentionally keeping him alive—and then turned fire to the al-Hillis. According to the report, Saad al-Hilli then scrambled back into the family car, locked the doors and frantically threw the vehicle into reverse, backing into a muddy bank where the rear axel got stuck. Little Zainab never made it back into the car. The assassin then pistol-whipped and shot her before turning to al-Hilli, his wife, and mother-in-law, shooting them while they were in the car, and finishing each off with two shots to the forehead. Then, according to the investigators’ theory, the assassin went back to Mollier and fired the final two fatal shots into the cyclist’s cranium. They believe the assassin then searched the body and moved it closer to the car before escaping. Now the question is why the cyclist was targeted and whether he and the al-Hilli family had met by chance on that fateful day, or if their meeting was planned— and if so, why?
Oct 29, 2012 9:20 AM CDT
no big deal here just more dead arabs!