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.

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Zaid al-Hilli: Alps murder arrest 'is better than nothing'

Zaid al-Hilli pictured last year. Credit: ITV News

The brother of Alps murder victim Saad al-Hilli said the arrest of a 48-year-old - believed to be a former policeman - in connection with the killing, is "better than nothing".

Last month Zaid al-Hilli, who was arrested in connection with the shooting, had his bail cancelled by Surrey Police after the force decided there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

Asked on Sky News whether this arrest, if it leads to a prosecution, would bring closure to him, he replied: "Well of course, I mean, anything is better than nothing. We'll see what happens. We can't raise our hopes."

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