Alps al-Hilli murders: Man on fraud charge denied bail

Saad al-Hilli
Image caption Mr al-Hilli was shot dead along with his wife, mother-in-law and a cyclist in the French Alps

A man accused of trying to access the accounts of a Surrey engineer's family after his murder in the French Alps has been further remanded in custody.

Abiodun David John, 33, from Salford, appeared before Redhill magistrates charged with eight counts of fraud by false representation.

He was denied bail until another hearing next month.

Saad al-Hilli, 50, from Claygate, was shot dead with his wife, mother-in-law and a cyclist on 5 September.

Mr John is accused of trying to access accounts in the name of Mr al-Hilli before and after his death.

Surrey Police stressed that the fraud charges were not linked to the investigation into the murder of the Iraqi-born engineer.

The four murders, which happened near Chevaline, Lake Annecy, are being investigated by about 100 police officers in the UK and France.

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