Anorak | Annecy Lake Murders: media focuses on Zaid Al-Hilli and ignores Suhaila Al Saffa and Sylvain Mollier

Annecy Lake Murders: media focuses on Zaid Al-Hilli and ignores Suhaila Al Saffa and Sylvain Mollier

by | 9th, September 2012

THE Annecy Lake Murders : The murders of Saad Al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal Al-Hilli, 74-year-old Suhaila Al Saffa and Sylvain Mollier in the media:

Sunday Express (front page): “Each victim shot twice”
Sunday Telegraph (front page): ANGUISH OF MURDERED BRITON’S BROTHER”
Star on Sunday (front page): “Victims letter confirms feud”

The media focus is on Zaid Al-Hilli, one of the victim’s older brothers. He denies any row. Still, the Star claims to have seen a letter:

SAAD AL-HILLI: ‘I’VE HAD TO WIPE MY CONTROL FREAK BROTHER OUT OF MY LIFE’ – A FAMILY friend of the British dad murdered in the Alps has lifted the lid on the bitter inheritance feud tearing the Al-Hilli family apart.

Who are they, then?

In a letter to a pal just a year ago ­victim Saad Al-Hilli accused his ­brother of trying to seize “control of his father’s assets”. Saad, 50, told childhood friend Mae Faisal El-Wailly in the letter dated ­September 16, 2011, that his older sibling Zaid, 53, was “a control freak” who he had to “wipe out of his life”.

Only, Mr Saad Al-Hilli has been murdered, or wiped out.

The revelation appears to confirm rumours of a family feud and comes after a possible inheritance dispute relating to the wealth and assets of the brothers’ father, Kadhem, who died last year.

Kadeem. Khadim. Kadhem. However the papers spell it, we have seen no proof or a family row nor seen anything to suggest if there was one it is linked to the murders of four people.

French police confirmed they are set to question Zaid Al-Hilli about the possible row, although he is not under arrest and is being treated as a witness.

They will question a lot of people. They will question the former RAF man who, as the story goes, was the first person at the crime scene, arriving on a bicycle. They will question people who knew Sylvain Mollier, a ­father of three, shot dead by five bullets, soem say. The Sunday Times says he was hit with seven bullets. The story goes that he was passing on a bicycle, unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Mirror , however, picks up on the

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