Alps Murders: Soldier Quizzed Commits Suicide

A former French Legionnaire questioned as part of the investigation into the murder of four people in the French Alps has committed suicide, police said.

Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud told the AFP news agency the former soldier had “left a note of six or seven pages in which he said he was disturbed by the questioning”.

“He felt accused. It does not make this the main or sole reason for his action,” Mr Maillaud said.

The unnamed 50-year-old, who was not considered a suspect, was found dead at his home in Ugine, in southeastern France, on Tuesday, apparently from a gunshot wound.

Mr Maillaud said he had been questioned for two hours in April 2013 about the death of Sylvain Mollier, a cyclist who was killed after apparently stumbling upon the scene of the murders.

Saad al Hilli, 50, was shot dead along with his 47-year-old wife Iqbal and her 74-year-old mother in a woodland car park in the hills above Lake Annecy in September 2012.

The couple’s daughters, Zainab and Zeena, survived.

4 June 2014 | 3:46 am – Source:

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