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On 5 September 2012, three members of a British family and a French citizen were shot on the Route Forestière Domaniale de la Combe d’Ire near Chevaline, Haute-Savoie, France, near the southern end of Lake Annecy.

According to BFMTV, the individual, who is a married man, has already been questioned over the case.

Annecy prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis said in a statement Annecy that, on Wednesday confirmed that ‘a man was placed in custody at 8.05am and is being questioned at length’ in relation to the savage attack in the Alps.

‘A person was taken into custody on January 12, 2022 at 8:05 am by investigators from Chambery in connection with the assassination of the Al Hilli family and Sylvain Mollier.’

French police have detained for questioning a man in connection with the Alps murders in which a British man, his wife and mother-in-law were killed in a forest car park.

Surrey businessman Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and his mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, were gunned down as they tried to escape the area in their BMW car on September 5, 2012.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died in the bloodbath, after being shot seven times at point blank range.

The Al-Hillis’ daughter, Zeena, four, hid in the footwell of the vehicle and was unscathed, while her sister, Zainab, seven, was shot and beaten but made a good recovery.

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The Al-Hillis

Despite a massive manhunt, the investigation has all but petered out.

However, on Wednesday the Annecy prosecutor announced that gendarmes in Chambéry have detained a man to “check his timetable” on September 5, 2012, the day of the murders.

A search of his home is underway, according to BFMTV.

The man was detained on request of investigating judges handling the case, which has gripped Britain and France and sparked a number of theories over the motives for the deadly shootings.

According to BFMTV, the individual, who is a married man, has already been questioned over the case.

Since investigations were launched over the murders, scores of people have been detained for questioning, so far to no avail.

In September, police conducted a reconstruction of the crime scene at the forest car park in Chevaline, a tiny village outside Annecy, in the presence of numerous witnesses.

Annecy prosecutor Line Bonnet said: “A person was detained for questioning on 12 January, 2022 at 8.05am by the Chambéry (gendarmes) search unit in connection with the murder of the al-Hilli family and Sylvain Mollier.”

The prosecutor said that another statement would be issued “at the end” of the detention and that the case was “subject to the secrecy of an ongoing investigation”.

In France, people can be detained for up to 48 hours initially but the detention can be prolonged in serious cases, such as terrorism.

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