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Family feud in focus in murders at French Alps

A family friend said the father of the two men died recently,while public records showed the brother had left the victim’s small aeronautics design firm.

Written by Associated Press | Published: September 8, 2012 1:54:40 am

A French prosecutor said Friday that the brother of a British-Iraqi man slain in the French Alps in a shooting along with his family told British police,“I have no conflict with my brother.”

Prosecutor Eric Maillaud confirmed that a British police source had established there might have been a dispute between the slain man,Saad al Hilli,and his brother about money. He was unable to elaborate on the information that the brother,Zaid al Hilli,was providing to British authorities.

A family friend said the father of the two men died recently,while public records showed the brother had left the victim’s small aeronautics design firm.

Maillaud also said that a 4-year-old girl who survived the shooting of her family in the French Alps could not help their investigation because she was hiding under her mother’s legs during the killings.

But the girl,Zeena al Hilli,was able to confirm to French police that her father and mother were among the victims killed inside the car,alongside her 7-year-old sister,who survived with a gunshot to the shoulder. The older girl is in the hospital where she has been put into an “artificial coma” to aid recovery.

The 4-year-old said she didn’t recognise the third victim inside the car,an older woman,who was confirmed to be a Swedish national. The investigation is looking into establishing the woman’s identity,and whether or not she is related to the al Hilli family.

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