Alps killing brother accuses French of cover-up
The older brother of a British man gunned down in the Alps with his wife and mother-in-law has accused French police of "covering up" the truth about the killings.
Zaid al-Hilli, 53, is a suspect in the mysterious murders of Saad al-Hilli, wife Ikbal and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf. He is due to answer police bail on Wednesday.
Speaking out for the first time, Mr al-Hilli denied he was behind the brutal attack and said he believes the intended target was a local cyclist also found dead at the scene on September 5 last year near Lake Annecy.
Investigators have repeatedly claimed that Sylvain Mollier was in the wrong place at the wrong time and pointed to a family feud between the al-Hilli brothers as a key line of inquiry.
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Interviewed for a BBC Panorama documentary to be aired tomorrow, Mr al-Hilli said: "They are covering up for someone in France in that region and they know it.
"Sylvain Mollier was involved in family disputes and was an outsider to (his) rich family. There is something more to it locally – most crime has local roots."
Mr al-Hilli, from Chessington in south-west London, offered to take a lie-detector test to verify his own account.
He also revealed that he has refused to go to France to meet Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud, telling the Sunday Times: "The French, I don't trust them at all.
"My brother was killed there in that region and I am not going to take the risk."