Brother of one of four slain in French Alps arrested in England

June 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

CHESSINGTON, England, June 24 (UPI) -- The brother of one of four people slain in the French Alps in 2012 was arrested Monday on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, British officials reported.

Zaid al-Hilli, 54, was picked up in Chessington and was being interviewed, Surrey police said in a statement.

Police said Hilli is the brother of Saad al-Hilli, from Claygate, who was found shot to death along with his wife, Ikbal, her mother Suhaila, al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, and Sylvain Mollier, a French cyclist, on a remote forest road in Chevaline on Sept. 5.

Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have been working with French authorities investigating the killings.

"This pre-planned arrest is a result of these ongoing inquiries," the police statement said.

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