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Ex-officer not charged over French Alps killings

February 21, 2014

PARIS (AP) — A prosecutor says a French former police officer detained in an 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 Friday that the 48-year-old former officer and weapons buff and a friend who was also taken into custody would be held temporarily, however, 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, an elderly relative and a French cyclist — the first arrests in the case in France.

The unsolved case has thwarted investigators and garnered media attention in Britain and France.

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