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Alps Massacre: Phone Calls Could Hold Clues
Investigators say they have gleaned vital clues from recordings of phone calls made by one of the four victims of a brutal gun murder in France.
British engineer Saad al Hilli, from Claygate in Surrey, recorded all of his telephone calls and the audio files are being analysed.
Mr al Hilli and his wife Ikbal were gunned down on September 5 last year as they holidayed near Annecy in France.
Mrs al Hilli's mother Suhaila al Allaf and local man Sylvain Mollier also died. The al Hillis' daughter Zainab was shot in the shoulder and beaten, but survived.
On Friday Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said: "The victim recorded all his telephone conversations. We therefore have some very precise details."
Mr al Hilli's brother Zaid, who is from Chessington, Surrey, is due to answer police bail next month after he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder amid claims he doctored documents to ensure he inherited the family estate.
French and British investigators held a joint news conference to give an update on the investigation, just over a year since the family was killed.
Although no charges have been brought in the case, Mr Maillaud said: "We have made great advances."
The horrific murder scene was discovered by cyclist Brett Martin who found Mr al Hilli, 50, his 47-year-old dentist wife and her elderly mother blasted to death in their BMW.
Zainab was "stumbling" around, bleeding and "moaning" near the car, and her four-year-old sister Zeena lay hidden under her mother's corpse and was only discovered eight hours after the murders.
The two children returned to the UK soon after the killings.
Zaid al Hilli denied any knowledge of why his brother was killed when approached by Sky News.
When asked if he knew why his brother died, he told the broadcaster: "No, no idea, absolutely none."