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Lake Annecy murders: the double-tap, nuclear fuel and pointing the finger

by | 7th, September 2012

THE murders of Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 49 (many news sources say she was 47), and her 77-year-old mother in a clearing above Lake Annecy , near Chevaline in the French Alps, are big news. Mr al-Hilli was born in Baghdad. He lived in Claygate, near Esher in Surrey. He worked as a mechanical engineer. He was an “a viation expert “.

Iqbal was dentist.

The mother-in-law barely gets a mention in reports.

The Times says the victims had been shot three times, at least once in the head.

The Daily Mail counts the shots differently:

Was there more than one hitman? Each of British victims was shot TWICE and cyclist witness FIVE times, police reveal – as search continues for killers’ 4×4

Twice? The talk if of assassins. But you know who always shoots twice –  the so-called double-tap ? The British police and the SAS.

What was the victims’ background? The Times :

Mr al-Hilli fled Iraq in the 1970s, when his family was looked upon “unfavourably” by Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, and met his wife in Dubai ten years ago. It is thought that she was from Iran and that her parents live in Sweden. The pair married in 2003.

On Saad al-Hilli’s work, the Times adds:

He owned a computer design company called Shtech Ltd, which was formed in 2001 and registered at his home. His wife, whose maiden name was al-Saffar, was the company secretary at one stage. Last year’s accounts show that it had less than £15,000 in current assets. Company records show that Mr al-Hilli was also company secretary with the Wiltshire-based aerial photography company AMS. He was a freelance and did a lot of work for Surrey Satellite Technology, of Guildford. He also designed the internal parts of aircraft and was recently commissioned to design the galley of the Airbus 380.

Eric Maillaud is the Annecy public prosecutor:

“This case is looking more and more like an ambush, even if we are not yet sure that it is the work of a professional. And it’s still not possible to confirm that this was a targeted hit.”

The couple’s daughters, Zeena, 4, and seven-year-old, Zainab, survived. Zainab was shot and beaten. Maillaud says it is a miracle she survived. They killer or killers never did shoot her in the head.

A French cyclist, believed to have passing at the time of the shootings, was also murdered. His name is Sylvain Mollier, a father of three who had been staying with his family at the nearby Saint Jorioz camp site. What do we know about him? Well, one commentator on the Mail’s site notes:

Mr. Mollier worked for CEZUS, a subsidiary of AREVA, the global leader in the market for zirconium, the metal used, among other things, for nuclear fuel cladding. CEZUS’s operations are distributed over six sites. One site in Ugine handles production of ingots and transformation of zirconium, titanium, tantalum, and hafnium into semi-finished products. Cezus also have an R&D site in Ugine.

Paris Match confirms that.

The scene was happened upon by a British RAF veteran on his bicycle, who has a second home nearby. His name? We don’t know.

Other news on the survivors is odd. It took 8 hours to find Zeena. She was hiding beneath her mother’s skirts. Lieutenant-Colonel Benoit Vinnemann explains:

“We had instructions not to enter the car and not to move the bodies… Firemen, technicians and doctors all looked into the car through the holes in the windows but none of them saw the girl. She didn’t budge. She stayed under the legs of her mother.”

What did Zeena see? And would the police tell us? Eric Maillaud says:

“She could not tell the difference between the good guys and bad guys. She spontaneously began to smile and speak in English when the policeman took her in his arms and pulled her out of the car. The little girl spoke English. She heard noises, shouts but she can’t tell us any more than that. She is only four years old. She is being looked after and we are doing everything we possibly can to care for her.”

Odd. The Sun says she was “frozen with fear” . s

So. What are the police searching for? Maillaud adds:

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