Man held over Alps murders 'is former policeman'

A 48-year-old man arrested in connection with the the killings of a British engineer and his family in France is believed to be a former policeman.

Saad al-Hilli and his wife Ikbal, from Claygate in Surrey, and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were all fatally shot on a remote forest road in Chevaline near Annecy on September 5 2012. Local cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also murdered.

Cheverlaine near Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of south-eastern France. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

French police today arrested a 48-year-old man, from the Haute-Savoie region of France, in connection with the killings.

According to local media, the man is a former municipal policeman who lived close to the scene of the murders in Chevaline. Investigators were said to be looking into places that he had frequented.

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French police release man held over Alps murders

No charges are being brought against a man arrested in connection with the killing of Saad al-Hilli and his family, French prosecutors have said. The 48-year-old has been released from police custody.