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Dramatic new evidence of murders in the Alps as a British girl recalls details of a gunman who killed her family and left them for dead

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A British schoolgirl doomed to die after a gun massacre in the Alps that killed her parents recalls “the white skin and bare hands of her attacker,” it was found.

Zainab Al-Hilli was just seven years old when she was shot in the shoulder and hit on the head in the infamous attack in France almost exactly a decade ago.

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The infamous maroon car pictured after the horror murderPhoto credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun
Father Saad Al-Hilli Was Slaughtered Along With Mother Ikbal Al-Hilli And Grandmother Suhaila Al-Allaf

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Father Saad Al-Hilli was slaughtered along with mother Ikbal Al-Hilli and grandmother Suhaila Al-AllafPhoto credit: AFP

She is now 16 and – according to dramatic revelations in Le Parisien newspaper this weekend – she was interrogated at length by British detectives in June this year.

While she previously recalled seeing “a bad man,” Zainab has now provided more specific details that could help finally solve the cold case.

It came as sources close to the case sensationally told Le Parisien that Brett Martin, an Englishman who came across the bodies while cycling, is still considered a suspect.

Mr Martin, a former RAF officer who is now 63, was the first to spot Zainab, which died on April 5.

Dead inside were her father Saad Al-Hilli, 50, mother Ikbal Al-Hilli, 47, and grandmother Suhaila Al-Allaf, 74.

All had been shot dead, along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, a 45-year-old father of three whose body lay beside the car.

Zainab’s four-year-old sister, Zeena Al-Halli, was later found alive and well, hiding in the back of the BMW.

French investigators told Le Parisien that Zainab gave “a testimony of unique precision about the drama” in June.

She shared how the family were on holiday and enjoying a drive through the mountainous countryside of the village of Chevaline.

They reached the “edge of a small road riddled with potholes” and Zainab got out of the car with her father.

She recalled seeing cyclist Sylvian Mollier and while other family members got out of the car, “shots rang out”.

Zainab was ordered back into the car by her parents, but then the gunman grabbed the girl from behind.

“She first thought it was her father, but then saw the white skin and bare hands of her attacker and realized it couldn’t be him.

‘Zainab struggled but could not free himself from the grip. According to her, the killer was wearing long pants and a leather jacket.”

Zainab was then pistol whipped and passed out after suffering multiple facial injuries.

She later made a full recovery and returned to the UK, where she now resides.

Mr Martin, who owned a holiday home in the Annecy area, initially thought he had stumbled upon a road accident, but then saw the bullet holes and shells lying on the ground.

Cell phone reception was poor so he had to cycle away to alert the police after putting Zainab in the recovery position.

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Le Parisien has now obtained unpublished investigative documents that suggest the killer may have been unknown to all of his or her victims.

Gendarmes working with coroners have suggested there are now three suspects who could be responsible for the slaughter: Mr Martin; a businessman from Lyon named Pierre C.; and a third man identified solely as Suspect X.

Mr Martin and Pierre C. deny any wrongdoing and claim they knew nothing about the murder, explains Le Parisien.

Phone records and other data, combined with testimony from people who were in the area at the time of the attack, suggest the multiple killings lasted no more than a minute and a half.

Pierre C., who was riding a motorcycle that day, was arrested in January this year but then released without charge.

Lise Bonnet, Annecy’s prosecutor, originally said there were “inconsistencies” with the man’s alibi.

Pierre C. was the “mystery motorcyclist” who was seen driving away from the scene looking lost.

An E-Fit photo of a “prime suspect motorcyclist” with a goatee was released in November 2013, showing him in a distinctive black helmet of which only about 8000 were made.

The image, mainly produced by two forest rangers who spoke briefly to the man, eventually led to the motorcyclist being arrested for the first time in 2015.

Mr Martin told detectives he saw the motorcyclist leaving the scene but made no effort to sound the alarm.

Mr Martin’s testimony about “the mystery biker” is seen as crucial to the investigation, but according to Le Parisien, gendarmes have suggested that Mr Martin may have used it to “steer investigators onto a malfunctioning theory”.

“COMPLICATED FAMILY HISTORY”

The gendarmes were also “fascinated by the fact that he [Marin] brought back to England to wash the clothes he was wearing on the day of the drama, while he has a second home in Haute-Savoie with a washing machine,” according to Le Parisien.

Haute-Savoie is the Alpine department — the French equivalent of a county — where Annecy is located.

Le Parisien reports that police have conducted a thorough investigation into the life of Mr Martin, 63.

It said: “What emerges is a complicated family history and some very dubious jokes about Muslims, but nothing to connect him to the murders.”

The Al-Hillis were of Iraqi Muslim background and this has led to theories that they may have been pursued by enemies linked to Iraq.

Le Parisien gave no further details on the Suspect X theory, saying it could be anyone from a local hiker with a gun to a motorcyclist or cyclist.

The so-called Alpine Murders case has prompted several theories, from contract killings to family squabbles, but no one has yet been charged in connection with the crimes.

Back in January, an investigation into the family’s murder in the Alps was turned into a farce after a suspect who had been re-arrested was released without charge.

The 57-year-old Frenchman has been told he faces no further action over the gun killings of Surrey businessman Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother-in-law.

Prosecutors in Annecy, France, confirmed the married father had been excluded from the decades-long investigation. He was not named.

Brett Martin Thought He'D Stumbled Upon A Car Accident Before Seeing Bullet Holes And Casing Littering The Area

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Brett Martin thought he’d stumbled upon a car accident before seeing bullet holes and casing littering the areaCredit: Barcroft Media
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The shootings happened near Lake Annecy in FrancePhoto credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun
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Taxi drivers gather in Queens after passengers were charged with beating driver Kutin Gyimah to death

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NEW YORK — There was a rally in Queens on Sunday after a taxi driver was beaten to death by passengers who police say refused to pay for his fare and attempted to rob him.

This driver is remembered as a loving husband and father just trying to support his family, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

“I don’t know what to do right now. I lost. I lost,” said Abigail Barwuah.

The widow of Kutin Gyimah couldn’t hold back tears as she spoke of her beloved husband, who was killed in Far Rockaway.

“He was a good, good man. He was my backbone. I’m lost right now. My kids’ hero,” Barwuah said.

The yellow taxi driver, described as a hardworking father, leaves behind four children aged 3 to 8.

The Ghanaian community comes together to comfort Gyimah’s wife and family. Gyimah was a devout Christian.

“She’s so young to be dealing with this with four kids. Too bad,” said Hanna Mensah, another family friend.

Police said his five passengers tried to rob him when he dropped them off at Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard around 6.30am on Saturday.

Investigators said Gyimah took off after them and witnesses saw the passengers – three men and two women – assaulting him.

According to the police, he fell to the ground and hit his head.

“It’s awful. It’s just awful,” said Katherine Wood of Co-Op City.

“Why do you have to attack someone for no reason? How much is that money really? You took someone’s life. Come on,” said family friend Joe Tompo.

On Sunday morning, the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers stood with his wife and children and offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“We know the pain and suffering has only just begun for this family, and we demand justice,” said the federation’s Fernando Mateo. “I’m pissed. I’m mad and I’m mad because this all could have been avoided. We need to look around and say what city do we live in?”

Spyros Drakos of Big Apple Taxi Fleet Management said Gyimah has worked tirelessly, especially during the pandemic.

“This gentleman was driving his taxi. He never stopped picking up passengers. To me, he’s a hero as a first responder,” Drakos said.

“A loving, loving and caring gentleman. Hard working, caring for the family. Yes, we have truly lost a devoted father,” added Rev. Dr. Samuel Arhin of the United Methodist Church in Ghana.

Big Apple Taxi Fleet will cover all funeral expenses.

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City of ‘defunding the police’ Ilhan Omar sees surge in majority of crimes, data shows

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This is the first part of a Fox News Digital series about politicians and crime in the areas they represent.

The city of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a proponent of “defunding the police,” is seeing a sharp rise in most crimes, the data shows. The spike comes just a year after she backed a failed campaign to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department.

Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, which encompasses the city of Minneapolis. So far this year, citywide crime has increased in 9 of 14 categories over the same period last year, according to a Fox News Digital review of crime statistics.

“Minneapolis is a case study in what happens when city leaders decide to demonize the police and the criminal justice system for their political advantage,” Charles Fain Lehman, a Manhattan Institute fellow who works, told Fox News Digital. on the group’s policing and public safety initiative. .

“As in many other major cities, homicides and other violence rose in the city following the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the defund the police movement — a movement to which Minneapolis uniquely capitulated,” Lehman said. .

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Minneapolis, part of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district, has seen a drastic increase in crime following the death of George Floyd.
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After Floyd’s death in May 2020, violent crime in Minneapolis skyrocketed. Last year, the city missed one murder to hit its all-time high of 97 homicides in 1997. And while murders have fallen this year, many other crimes are trending in the opposite direction.

In fact, crime increased in 9 of the 14 categories maintained on the city government website. Motor vehicle thefts in Minneapolis soared 32.3%, while robberies/robberies were up 30.4% through Aug. 7 compared to the same period in 2021, according to crime statistics.

Carjackings have increased by 21.1% this year, destruction of property has increased by 12.8% and assaults have increased by 11.4%. The data further shows that burglaries and break and enters increased by 10.3% compared to last year.

“And like in many other major cities, the easing of COVID restrictions has extended the increase in violent crime to an increase in certain categories of property crime,” Lehman said.

Omar, meanwhile, lent her support to the “defund the police” movement shortly after Floyd’s death.

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“The ‘defund the police’ movement, is about reinventing the current policing system to build an entity that doesn’t violate us, while transferring funds to invest in community services,” Omar said just over a week ago. after Floyd’s death. “Let’s be clear, the people who oppose it now have always opposed calls for systematic change.”

Omar then backed a campaign to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department as growing crime plagued the city.

Last year, far-left activists led an effort to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a “Department of Public Safety.” Activists successfully put the charter amendment on the November ballot.

The effort received outside support from donors and deep-pocketed liberal groups. George Soros’ advocacy nonprofit, the Open Society Policy Center, provided $500,000 to the campaign, Fox News Digital reported.

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Omar Backed A Failed Far-Left Initiative To Dismantle And Replace The Minneapolis Police Department Amid Rising Crime.

Omar backed a failed far-left initiative to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department amid rising crime.
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Other groups – such as MoveOn.org and the American Civil Liberties Union – have also teamed up to add hundreds of thousands of in-kind contributions, including staffing, mailing list access and other services that come in the form of non-monetary contributions.

However, Minneapolis voters firmly rejected the initiative by a 56% to 44% margin.

Omar also blamed the police for the spikes in crime in the city. But amid rising crime rates, the Minneapolis Police Department is grappling with staffing shortages.

“The Minneapolis PD is still grappling with personnel, which means the additional crime comes as criminal justice capacity remains overstretched,” Lehman told Fox News Digital. “The result is more harm for the people of Minneapolis, especially its less privileged, who are at disproportionate risk of criminal victimization.”

Omar's Policing Stance Nearly Cost Him The Democratic Primary In Minnesota's 5Th Congressional District Last Tuesday.

Omar’s policing stance nearly cost him the Democratic primary in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district last Tuesday.
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Omar’s “defund the police” stance nearly cost him a congressional seat in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary, which focused on law enforcement.

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Don Samuels, a pro-police candidate and former Minneapolis City Council member, hammered the ‘Squad’ member over his policing views and lost by less than 3,000 votes after Omar won his 2020 primary by 35,000 voice. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey supported Samuels’ candidacy.

Omar’s office did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

Fox News’ Matteo Cina contributed to this report.

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Blinken slams ‘despicable’ Iran after Salman Rushdie attack

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Iran of instigating the stabbing attack on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie, calling the regime “despicable” on Sunday.

Blinken hailed Rushdie, 75, as more than a “literary giant”.

The author has “consistently defended the universal rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of the press,” the secretary of state said in a statement released Sunday.

“As law enforcement officials continue to investigate the attack, I am reminded of the malign forces seeking to undermine these rights, including through hate speech and incitement to violence. “, adds the press release.

“Specifically, Iranian state institutions have incited violence against Rushdie for generations, and state-affiliated media recently gloated over the attempt on his life. It is despicable.

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The world-renowned scribe was stabbed multiple times as he prepared to lecture at the Chautauqua Institute in New York on Friday.

Rushdie underwent surgery and was placed on a ventilator with ‘life-altering injuries’, including the possibility of losing an eye.

On Saturday, Iran’s conservative state newspaper, Kayhan, celebrated the attack.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Iran of instigating the stabbing attack on “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.
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“A thousand congratulations…to the courageous and dedicated person who attacked the apostate and evil Salman Rushdie in New York,” writes the newspaper, whose editor is appointed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

The regime then commented on Monday’s violent assault for the first time – blaming Rushdie.

“We in the incident of the attack on Salman Rushdie in the United States do not consider that anyone deserves to be blamed and charged other than him and his supporters,” said the spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Affairs. foreigners, Nasser Kanaani.

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Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of carrying out a stabbing attack on “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.
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“No one has the right to accuse Iran in this regard.”

Meanwhile, Rushdie’s son, Zafar Rushdie, provided an update on his father’s condition on Sunday, revealing he was no longer on a ventilator and showing signs of his “fiery” sense of humor. and provocative”.

“My father remains in critical condition in hospital and is receiving extensive medical attention,” the son wrote in a statement. “We are extremely relieved that yesterday he was taken off the ventilator and supplemental oxygen and was able to say a few words.”

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Salman Rushdie underwent surgery and was placed on a ventilator with ‘life-changing injuries’.
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Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Rushdie in 1989, demanding his death for the fictional portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in “The Satanic Verses.”

Since then, the novelist has lived under this threat.

Blinken said the United States and its allies “will not waver in their resolve to resist these threats.”

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Hadi Matar was arrested on one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of second degree assault at the Chautauqua County Jail on August 12, 2022.
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“Rushdie’s strength – and that of all who have faced such threats around the world – strengthens our resolve and underscores the imperative to stand united as an international community against those who would challenge these universal rights,” Blinken said.

A New Jersey man, Hadi Matar, 24, was arrested for stabbing and pleaded not guilty to the charges on Sunday.

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Home Run Inn is recalling over 13,000 books. frozen meat pizza due to possible contamination – NBC Chicago

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Chicago-based Home Run Inn Frozen Foods is recalling 13,099 pounds of frozen meat pizzas that may be “contaminated with foreign material, particularly metal,” a Food Inspection Service press release said Sunday. and Security from the United States Department of Agriculture.

According to the announcement, the product recall applies to frozen 33.5 ounce cartons containing “Home Run Inn Chicago’s Premium Pizzeria Deluxe Sausage Classic Pizza.”

The products, which were distributed in Illinois, were manufactured on June 6 and have an expiration date of December 3, 2022.

According to the agency, the problem was discovered after consumers began filing complaints that metal had been found in pizzas.

There have been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse effects from drinking, the announcement states. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

More information about the recall can be found here.

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WNBA’s Brittney Griner Appeals Russian Jail Sentence – The Denver Post

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MOSCOW (AP) — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner on Monday appealed her nine-year prison sentence in Russia for drug possession, Russian news agencies reported, in a case denounced by the United States that could lead to a high-level prisoner swap.

Griner, an eight-time all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was sentenced Aug. 4 after police said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.

Griner admitted she had the canisters in her luggage, but said she inadvertently hastily packed them and had no criminal intent. His defense team presented written statements that he was prescribed cannabis to treat the pain.

His arrest in February came at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington, just days before Russia sent troops to Ukraine. At the time, Griner, recognized as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, was returning to Russia, where she is playing in the American League offseason.

Lawyer Maria Blagovolina was quoted by Russian news agencies on Monday as saying the appeal had been filed, as expected, but the grounds were not immediately clear.

The nine-year sentence was close to the 10-year maximum, and Blagovolina and co-counsel Alexander Boykov said after sentencing that the sentence was excessive. They said that in similar cases, the defendants received an average sentence of about five years, and about a third of them were granted parole.

Prior to her sentencing, the US State Department declared Griner “wrongfully detained” – a charge Russia has firmly denied.

Reflecting mounting pressure on the Biden administration to do more to bring Griner home, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken took the unusual step of publicly revealing in July that Washington had made a “substantial offer” to bring Griner home, with Paul Whelan, an American serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for espionage.

Blinken did not give details, but The Associated Press and other news organizations reported that Washington had offered to release Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States and who has already been dubbed the “Merchant of Death”. .”

On Sunday, a senior Russian diplomat said talks on a swap had been held.

“This rather sensitive issue of the exchange of convicted Russian and American citizens is being discussed through the channels set by our presidents,” Alexander Darchiev, head of the North America department at the Foreign Ministry, told the official news agency. Cup. “These individuals are, indeed, the subject of discussion. The Russian side has long called for the release of Viktor Bout. The details should be left to the professionals.

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UK approves Covid booster vaccine that targets two variants

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Uk Approves Covid Booster Vaccine That Targets Two Variants

UK regulators on Monday approved the country’s first Covid-19 booster vaccine to target two variants of coronavirus, the original virus and the Omicron variant.

Half of each dose of the vaccine, or 25 micrograms, will target the original variant, and the other half will target Omicron. In clinical trials, the vaccine, an updated version of Moderna’s original Covid vaccine, generated a good immune response to both of these variants, as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants in adults, have discovered the researchers.

Dr June Raine, chief executive of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said she was delighted that the new booster vaccine met the regulator’s standards for safety, quality and efficacy. The decision was endorsed by the UK’s independent scientific advisory body, the Commission on Human Medicines.

“The first generation of Covid-19 vaccines used in the UK continue to provide significant protection against disease and save lives,” Dr Raine said. “What this bivalent vaccine gives us is a sharp tool in our arsenal to help protect us against this disease as the virus continues to evolve.”

Side effects were the same as those seen for the original Moderna booster dose and were generally mild, with no serious safety concerns, UK regulators said.

The emergence of highly contagious subvariants of Omicron this spring appeared to reduce the protection offered by the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines against Covid hospitalizations, with more vaccinated people admitted to hospital with Covid than they do. had been during Omicron’s winter surge. But booster shots have increased people’s level of protection, scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month. The CDC recommends that people get booster shots as soon as they are eligible.

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