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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Latest on French Alps Shooting

Some further information released in the French Alps shooting of Saad al-Hilli and his family. From the Daily Mail:
A mystery motorcyclist seen around the Alpine beauty spot where four people were blasted to death is now the prime suspect for the murders, it emerged today.
The breakthrough in the baffling case came thanks to Brett Martin, a British cyclist who discovered the bodies close to Lake Annecy, in eastern France.
The 53-year-old ex RAF serviceman has told French police that he passed a motorbike driving away from the isolated lay-by where the slaughter took place on September 5th last year.
Between three and five minutes later he discovered a BMW containing the bodies of Surrey engineer Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, 74.
Lying next to the car was the murdered French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, while the al-Hilli’s daughter, seven-year-old Zainab, was stumbling around outside having been shot in the shoulder and pistol whipped.
French police today confirmed that - despite numerous appeals - neither the motorcycle nor its rider has been traced.
'It passed me three, four or five minutes’ before Mr Martin arrived, the Englishman told detectives during a number of meetings.
Mr Martin said the rider was wearing a full-face helmet, possibly white, and black clothing, and that the motorbike’s engine may have been white with a top case on the back.

The description is similar to that of a motorbike seen around the time of the murders on a stretch of private road at Col de Cherel, four miles further up the mountain.

A dairy farmer recalled seeing a white motorcycle with a top case and possibly with saddlebags.

'The farmer thought he [the motorcyclist] was acting suspiciously and looked lost as he stopped to check his route,’ a police source told the Sunday Times.

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