Unsolved 2012 murder of British family and cyclist given to French 'cold case' teams

Iraqi-born British engineer Saad al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf were shot dead in their car in September 2012 near the village of Chevaline in eastern France while on a camping holiday. Sylvain Mollier, a local cyclist passing by, was also shot dead. The murder dominated British media at the time.


Reuters | Paris | Updated: 23-09-2022 22:30 IST | Created: 23-09-2022 22:30 IST
Unsolved 2012 murder of British family and cyclist given to French 'cold case' teams
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The unsolved 2012 murder of a British family and a cyclist in the French Alps will now be handled by teams specialising in cracking cold cases, the French Ministry of Justice said on Friday. Iraqi-born British engineer Saad al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf were shot dead in their car in September 2012 near the village of Chevaline in eastern France while on a camping holiday. Sylvain Mollier, a local cyclist passing by, was also shot dead.

The murder dominated British media at the time. French investigators have pursued several lines of inquiry over the years, including a possible family feud over money and al-Hilli's work as a satellite engineer. The murderer also tried to kill the British family's young daughter, beating her around the head after running out of ammunition. Her younger sister survived by hiding beneath the legs and skirt of her dead mother in the backseat of the car, and the two girls remain the only witnesses.

In January, French police detained and then released a man who had been questioned over the case.

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