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Brother quizzed over Alps murders

Katie Hodge and Martha Linden

THE brother of a British engineer shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps is being questioned over the alleged fabrication of his late father's will, police said.

Zaid Hilli was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder after officers uncovered evidence to suggest he doctored documents to ensure he inherited the estate, officials said.

Mr Hilli (54), has previously denied any feud with his sibling over an inheritance.

Yesterday detectives searched his home in Chessington, Surrey and were later seen leaving the property with a plastic box, a ladder and two bags.

Eric Maillaud, Annecy's public prosecutor, said police would now try to establish any link between the alleged fraud and the brutal attack which killed Saad Al-Hilli, pictured, and Ikbal Al-Hilli, Mrs Al-Hilli's mother Suhaila al-Allaf and local man Sylvain Mollier in September.

"We know there was a dispute between the two brothers over their father's will," he said.

"There are a certain number of documents that suggest Zaid attempted to fabricate his father's testimony in his favour.

"It looks like he tried to take the fortune for himself. That did not work but we want to ask him questions about it."

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