At the same time, a French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was also shot dead.
“A person was taken into custody at 8.05 am (locally) on 12 January 2022 by the Chambéry investigation unit in connection with the murder of the Al Hili and Sylvain Mollier family, dubbed the ‘Chevaline case’,” the statement said. said.
The arrest was made to verify the suspect’s schedule, the statement said.
The unnamed man, who was living with his partner, was arrested on the orders of the investigating judge assigned to the case, according to BFMTV, a DailyExpertNews affiliate. He has previously been heard as a witness in this case.
His home was also searched Wednesday morning.
It is not the first time that someone has been detained by the investigation team. None of the previous arrests led to a breakthrough or an indictment.
Last September, a crime reconstruction was carried out in the village of Chevaline in the presence of many witnesses, according to BFMTV. Investigators tried to figure out the killer’s route and time their actions.
The reasons for the attack remain a mystery.
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1962, Saad al-Hilli was a naturalized British citizen who had lived in the United Kingdom for decades. He was an engineer who worked at Surrey Satellite Technology, a high-tech company owned by EADS, an aerospace company that builds satellites.