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Alps Shootings: Brother's Bail Cancelled
The brother of a British engineer who was shot dead with his family in the French Alps has been released from police bail due to lack of evidence.
Zaid al Hilli was accused of orchestrating the shooting of his brother Saad al Hilli and his wife and mother-in-law in 2012.
Surrey Police did not name the 54-year-old but said he had been arrested in June last year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
The force said: "A man arrested by detectives investigating the deaths of four people near Annecy, southern France, in September 2012 has today had his bail cancelled.
"At this stage there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any criminal offence and no further police action is being taken at this time."
Eric Maillaud, Annecy chief prosecutor, told Sky News: "There is no problem for the French judicial authorities with the decision by the English as that represents the English legal situation.
"Mr al Hilli is not under formal investigation in France, he was asked to come to France to assist the investigation but has not done so. The enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident continues."
Saad al Hilli and his wife Ikbal, who were from Claygate in Surrey, and her mother Suhaila al Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were all fatally shot on a remote forest road in Chevaline.
The scene was discovered by cyclist Brett Martin, who found them in their BMW.
The al Hilli's daughter Zainab was shot in the shoulder and beaten, but survived.
Her four-year-old sister Zeena lay hidden under her mother's body and was only discovered eight hours after the murders.
Local cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also murdered.
In October, Zaid al Hilli, from Chessington in Surrey, publicly protested his innocence and offered to take a lie-detector test to verify his own account.
Speaking to the BBC's Panorama programme, he accused French investigators of a cover-up.
He said: "They are covering up for someone in France in that region and they know it. Sylvain Mollier was involved in family disputes and was an outsider to (his) rich family.
"There is something more to it locally - most crime has local roots."
The following month French investigators said they were looking for a mystery motorcyclist who was seen near the crime scene.
One lead in tracing the man was that he was wearing an unusual helmet, only a few thousand of which had been made.
The al Hilli brothers were alleged to have been locked in an inheritance dispute centred on the £825,000 home in Claygate where Saad lived after their mother died from a heart attack in 2003.
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