The case of the “Chevaline killing”, a quadruple murder that has not been elucidated since 2012, will be transferred to the new Nanterre “cold case” center benefiting from more “dedicated human resources”, the Annecy prosecution announced on Friday. The latter had requested on July 18 the relinquishment of the local judge with a view to the transmission of the file to Nanterre.
On September 20, “the two examining magistrates of Annecy cosaisis granted this request” and ordered by order “the transmission of the investigation file to the specialized examining magistrates of Nanterre”, explains the prosecution in a press release .
The decision “was motivated by the human resources specifically dedicated” to the new judicial center in the Ile-de-France region. The research section of the Chambéry gendarmerie nevertheless remains in charge of the investigation, according to the same source.
37 investigations opened to “cold cases” since March
On September 5, 2012, a 50-year-old Briton of Iraqi origin, Saad al-Hilli, his 47-year-old wife and his 74-year-old mother-in-law were found dead in their car, with several bullets in the head, on a country road near Chevaline, not far from Lake Annecy. A local cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, 45, was also killed. One of the al-Hilli couple’s daughters was seriously injured while the second, curled up under her mother’s legs, emerged unscathed.
The case with worldwide repercussions remained an enigma, after thousands of hours of investigation and dozens of hearings.
Since its creation in March, the national center dedicated to “cold cases” has opened 37 investigations, including 35 entrusted to investigating judges. With more than 150 files still being analyzed, identified as potentially transferable to the division: seriality, modus operandi, age of the victim with particular attention to minors, international dimension of the case…