Alps murder probe 'long and complex'

2012-09-08 22:00
British police secure the area outside the home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, Britain, who was shot dead with three others while vacationing in the French Alps. (Steve Parsons, AP)

British police secure the area outside the home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, Britain, who was shot dead with three others while vacationing in the French Alps. (Steve Parsons, AP)

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Woking -The French senior police officer leading a team of investigators in Britain following the deadly shooting of a British family in the French Alps said on Saturday he expected a "long and complex" probe.

Two of Colonel Marc de Tarle's officers earlier visited the home of the Al-Hilli family in the village of Claygate in Surrey, a commuter village about 25km southwest of London, as British forensics teams began searching the house.

Speaking outside Woking police station in Surrey, De Tarle said he was pleased with the assistance he was getting from the British police.

"We are here within the framework of a request for international mutual help launched by the French judicial authorities towards the British authorities," he told reporters.

"The cooperation is working well and the British police are putting in place all necessary means on a human and a technical level.

"Our visit here has been assisted by the French embassy.

"This is an inquiry which is turning out to be long and complex and I thank the British police for their support."

Surrey Police assistant chief constable Rob Price, the head of operations at the county force, added: "This is a French-led investigation.

Surrey police will do all we can in support of the investigation on behalf of our French colleagues.

"Throughout that support, I want to place the emphasis on the victims of this tragic incident and Surrey police, again, with our French colleagues, are ensuring that all those who need support will get the support.

"Specifically, Surrey police have deployed specially-trained family liaison officers both here in the UK and abroad in France."

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