Alps probe man won't be charged
A French former police officer held in the investigation of the macabre killings of three members of an Iraqi-British family and a passing cyclist in the Alps will not be charged in the case.
Prosecutor Eric Maillaud of eastern Annecy said in a text message today that the 48-year-old former officer and weapons buff and a friend who was also taken into custody would be held temporarily on separate suspicions of weapons trafficking.
The men were detained this week in a probe of the September 2012 slayings of businessman Saad al-Hilli, his wife, her mother and a French cyclist - the first arrests in the case in France.
The unsolved case has thwarted investigators and gained wide publicity in Britain and France.