It has been nearly a decade since the bullet-riddled bodies of an Anglo-Iraqi family and a French cyclist were found on a deserted road in the French Alps on September 5, 2012. Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife, Iqbal, 47, and her mother, Suhaila Al-Allaf, 74, were found dead in their burgundy BMW in slow motion. The lifeless body of Sylvain Mollier, 45, a French cyclist, was near the car. Zainab, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, was found outside the car, a pistol whipped with a bullet to her shoulder and her 4-year-old sister, Zeena, was hiding under her mother’s corpse on the back seat.
More than 800 witnesses in France, England, Italy, Switzerland and Iraq were heard as part of the dead-end investigation, which was riddled with conspiracy theories, ranging from reports that the Patriarch, Saad Al-Hilli was a money runner for Saddam Hussein. millions thanks to rumors of secret bank accounts and a family feud, speculations that it was an ambush of a secret meeting between Mollier and Al-Hilli. In 2013, Al-Hilli’s older brother was accused of ordering a hit on his brother, but was later released due to lack of evidence of the presence of contract killers.
The blood spatter evidence painted an unsolvable mystery. Al-Hilli’s patriarch was shot dead inside the locked car, but he had the cyclist’s blood on his clothes. The 7-year-old girl found outside the vehicle had the cyclist’s blood on her feet.
The case, although still open, has been inactive for years.
But this week, a strange connection to the attempted assassination of French hypnotist Marie-Hélène Dini, 55, near Paris, may well help resolve the case. Dini learned that last year she narrowly escaped assassination by a French police team allegedly hired by her professional rival for around $ 85,000. The rival, who was also arrested, said he only hired the men to watch her, not to kill her.
Police were called to Dini’s home in the Paris suburb of Créteil last July when a curious neighbor called to report that two suspicious-looking men were lining the neighborhood. Police found the men, who were wearing black clothes and gloves, with a Luger Po6 pistol and silencer sitting in a car with fake license plates. They told police they were on an “official mission” to shoot the hypnotist due to his alleged dealings with the Israeli secret police known as Mossad.
Police arrested the two men and discovered they were paid contract killers, linked to other paid killings. They say the men, one of whom was a retired police officer, met through a “small group of Freemasons who turned to the execution of successful contracts”, according to French media. Dini told police she had no connection with the Mossad and had since left the Paris area.
Their weapon and ammunition were then analyzed to try to find a link to unsolved crimes. Two other killings have already been linked to the strike team and French police reported on Friday that the exact type of bullets in their loaded gun intended for the hynotist were used to kill the Al-Hilli family and the French biker in the Alps. Investigators are now investigating who might have hired the men and whether Al-Hilli or the French cyclist – or both – were the intended targets, and why.
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