Brother of Alps murder victim re-bailed in UK

Brother of Alps murder victim re-bailed in UK
Zaid al-Hilli and the scene near Annecy where his brother Saad al-Hilli and his wife and mother-in-law were gunned down in September 2012. Photos: AFP
British police on Tuesday renewed the bail of a man arrested over the murder of his brother and other family members in the French Alps last year.

Zaid al-Hilli, 54, who was detained in June on suspicion of conspiracy to murder but then released, has been "re-bailed until October 23 pending further enquiries", police said.

He had been due to return to a police station to answer bail on WednesdayThere was no immediate explanation from the force as to why the renewal had taken place a day earlier than expected.

His brother Saad, Saad's wife Iqbal and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf were killed in the family's BMW estate car in a car park at a beauty spot near Lake Annecy on September 5.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also gunned down, although investigators believe he was not a target and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The al-Hillis' two young daughters survived the shooting. Zainab, then seven, was badly injured while Zeena, then four, huddled behind her dead mother's skirt for hours until police found her.

A judge ruled last week that the two girls, who have spent 10 months in foster care, will now be cared for by two members of their extended family.

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