Victim's Brother Busted in Alps Massacre

Zaid al-Hilli brought in for questioning

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2013 6:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – British police have arrested a suspect in the killing of four people in the French Alps last year—and it's reportedly the brother of one of the slain men. Zaid al-Hilli, 54, was arrested near London, according to numerous reports. "We felt there were enough reasons to take him into custody," a prosecutor tells the AFP. "We need to ask him questions about his schedule, his relationship with his brother, and the family inheritance."

Al-Hilli's brother, Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal, and his mother Suhaila al-Allaf were all killed last September, along with cyclist Sylvain Mollier. Reports have swirled that Saad al-Hilli was holding $1 billion worth of Saddam Hussein's private fortune when he died, and also indicated that al-Hilli had feuded with his brother over the family inheritance. Saad al-Hilli's 7-year-old daughter, Zainab, had earlier described the "terror" of the attack, which she and her 4-year-old sister survived.

In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo flowers are seen at the crime scene where four people have been shot to death in a British-registered car, in a forest in the Alps, near Chevaline, French Alps.
In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo flowers are seen at the crime scene where four people have been shot to death in a British-registered car, in a forest in the Alps, near Chevaline, French Alps.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
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