Anorak | Lake Annecy Murders: the Swiss connection and the State protects the children

Lake Annecy Murders: the Swiss connection and the State protects the children

by | 17th, February 2013

LAKE Annecy Murders: The deaths of Saad al-Hilli, 50, Ikbal al-Hilli, 47, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, and Sylvain Mollier, 45, have moved well down the news cycle.

The Daily Star has news:

Iqbal’s sister, Fadwa al-Saffar, wants to become the legal guardian for the dead couple’s children, Zeena, four, and Zainab, seven.

It came as the family slammed the care provided by Surrey County Council. They claim they have been refused access to the girls since they went into care. Fadwa has now lodged a legal bid in the Family Court to take responsibility for them…

Their great-uncle Ahmed al-Saffar said: “Social services are depriving the girls of their culture, religion, language and family environment.”

The State is caring for the murdered couple’s children.

In December 2012, Ahmed al-Saffar told the Sunday Times Magazine :

“They were crying, asking ‘why are our meetings so short? We want to be with you forever’. We were devastated by it.”

The girls are with a white British foster family. Court orders obtained by Surrey county council protect the girls from publicity and ban publication of any details that might disclose their whereabouts.

The local Surrey paper, reporting in Januray 2013:

A link between the murder of the Al-Hilli family from Claygate and three people in Switzerland has been ruled out by authorities. It was reported last week that the Swiss shooting had “strong similarities” to the murders of three members of the Al-Hilli family in September 2012…

Prosecutors now believe the Swiss gunman was nowhere near Annecy when the Al-Hilli’s were murdered. Prosecutors said: “In light of the facts and the killer’s explanations, there does not seem to be any link between the two cases. Exchanges have taken place, but there is now no reason to go further.”

Le Parisien noted:

A single weapon, an automatic pistol of German

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