Two British girls who witnessed their parents being shot dead by a mystery killer in the French Alps are to be reinterviewed – eight years after the horrific murders.
Zainab and Zeena Al-Hilli were just seven and four when their father Saad, 50, and mother Iqbal, 47, were gunned down in front of them close to Lake Annecy.
Their 74-year-old grandmother, Suhaila Al-Allaf, also died in the September 2012 bloodbath, along with local cyclist Sylvian Mollier, 45.
Nobody has ever been brought to justice over the slaughter, but Annecy prosecutor Veronique Denizot now believes the girls may be old enough ‘to provide new leads.’
Zainab, who is now 15, and Zeena, 12, are living at a secret address in the UK, after being placed in the care of other members of the Al-Hilli family, who are of Iraqi origin.
Zeena and Zainab al-Hilli (pictured aged three with her mother and father) were on holiday near the village of Chevaline in 2012 when their parents Saad and Iqbal, and grandmother Suhaila Al-Allaf were killed
‘The British judicial authorities have given permission for the girls, the two Al-Hilli daughters, to be heard again,’ Ms Denizot told RTL Radio.
‘The older daughter was originally heard when she came out of hospital in Grenoble after the events, and she offered certain details, to the investigators, to the magistrates involved in this dossier.’
Eight days after she was shot in the shoulder and beaten around the head by the killer, Zainab said there ‘was only one bad man’ involved in the attack.
Ms Denizot said: ‘If the children can speak again, can offer new elements, perhaps they have new things to say that will help.
‘Up until now they have been judged as being too traumatised, and in the wrong psychological state.’
Their 74-year-old grandmother, Suhaila Al-Allaf (pictured), also died in the September 2012 bloodbath, along with local cyclist Sylvian Mollier, 45
The family were on a camping holiday in the Alps when they came under attack in a secluded lay-by in a wood after parking up in their BMW car.
Twenty-five shots were fired