There have been no advances in the horrible shooting deaths of the British family and French cyclist. I have not followed the investigation and just one bit of news caught my attention. On Friday it will be another year passed and the police investigation provides no clear evidence.

I have writte a few diaries, however on this topic I participated on a French blog from Paris by author Marilyn Z. Tomlins, a detective writer who was very kind and hospitable to host many consecutive articles. She stopped after about 9,000 comments due to lack of new insight/evidence in the police investigation. The French prosecution team has held their cards tight to the chest.

Only news that has elapsed …

Alps murders: ex-soldier questioned by police found dead
Press Association | The Guardian | 4 June 2014 11.50 BST |

Man, aged 50, who faced two hours of questioning in connection with the Al-Hilli family shootings reported to have killed himself. A French former soldier questioned in connection with the murder of a British engineer in the French Alps has been found dead after apparently killing himself, according to reports.

The 50-year-old man, who has not been named, was questioned by police in April last year over the shooting of Saad al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, on a forest road in Chevaline in September 2012.

A local cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was also murdered. [Google maps route Ugine – Chevaline]

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Sylvain Mollier was employed by Areva/Cezus production for zirconium alloy in Ugine (Daily Mail)

The man, who fought with the Foreign Legion and was a parachutist and trained marksman, left a note outlining how he felt about being questioned by detectives over the massacre, the Daily Mail said, and local reports suggested firearms were found at his house in the village of Ugine.

He left a “six- or seven-page note” saying he was “disturbed” by the questioning, which “made him feel like a suspect”, Eric Maillaud, the prosecutor for the Annecy area in eastern France reportedly said.

The man was questioned for two hours in April 2013, according to Maillaud, because he was “linked to Mr Mollier’s family”.

Tuerie de Chevaline : un homme entendu par les enquêteurs retrouvé mort à Ugine

A new development I came across a few days ago, offers an explanation how an intelligence agency like Mossad knew exactly the whereabouts of a target for a possible assassination, whether it was Sylvain Mollier or Saad al Hilli, or both. Two days before the murders in the beauty spot Martinet, the Israelis started an evaluation program in Central Switzerland of a reconnaissance drone, the Elbit Systems Hermes 900. I had been discussing the performance of the earlier version Hermes 450 which had a range of 300 km from their mobile radar control unit. The flight location of the Hermes 900 was the military airfield in Emmen, near Lucerne in Switzerland. The flight ceiling is 30,000 ft and can operate in all weather conditions. Plenty of information can be found on the Internet, once a few bits of data becomes known.

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The Hermes 900 [4X-UEB] drone flying in an environment of snow-capped mountains was the inspiration to search for its location (Photo: ArmaSuisse)

The Hermes 900 is the most sophisticated reconnaissance drone with an unlimited range due to control to ground station via satellite relay. It makes one wonder about any connection with the Alps kilings, as one of the greatest bits of unknown is how did all actors show up at 15:45 on September 5, 2012 at such a reclusive location. The presence of Mollier and the al Hilli can be accidental, the presence of killer X was ultimately a planned assassination. Most focus has been on a 4×4 dark wagon or a motorcyclist with side bags as a person or persons of interest. None has provided any further clues as to an identity. Also mentioned was the possibility of a commando who traveled on foot and made his escape via forest trails.

What is known, the killer targeted cyclist Mollier first with 4-5 shots and appeared overwhelmed by the presence of the al-Hilli family and their parked BMW Estate wagon. One child was hidden underneath skirt of her mother and the older child was left wounded with a blow to the head on the parking, but recovered and lives with relatives in England.

Start of flying evaluation missions of Hermes 900 reconnaissance drone on September 3, 2012

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Evaluation der ADS 15 Aufklärungsdrohne für die Schweizer Luftwaffe, Elbit Systems Hermes 900, Herbst 2012

The Swiss Army is currently operating the reconnaissance drone 95 (ADS 95) an unmanned and unarmed reconnaissance system, which comes in the next few years at the end of its useful life. Armasuisse, the competence center for the procurement of complex systems for the Swiss army, were commissioned in mid-2011 by the Army Staff to evaluate a new drone system and prepare a procurement for the weapons program in 2015.

Based on the evaluation criteria and results were originally nine manufacturers of which two remain in the race. The two Israeli manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Elbit Systems (Elbit) have now received from armasuisse the opportunity until August 2012 to file a detailed offer. The remaining systems Hermes 900 (Elbit) and Heron 1 (IAI) will be tested by a project team of specialists from the Swiss Air Force and armasuisse under an aeronautical evaluation in the second half of 2012 in Switzerland.

Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Demo Video

Another video of the Elbit Hermes 900 UAV flying from military airfield in Emmen.

Evaluation flights

In September and October 2012, evaluation flights will be held on the Emmen airbase for the new reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15). The tests in September (03.09 up to 21.09) and October (01.10 up to 19.10) are carried out by a project team of specialists from the Swiss Air Force and armasuisse. The test flights will take place over central Switzerland and the Jura.

Aharonson General Manager and CEO UAS Division at Elbit Systems Ltd. speaks next to the Elbit Hermes 900 UAV during a media presentation at the airbase in the central Swiss town of Emmen on October 16, 2012. (Photo serie by Pascal Lauener of Reuters)

Google Maps Satellite Image Distance Emmen Airfield to Jura Mountains and Geneva/Annecy 220 km

Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE for Swiss UAS 15 program
By Courtney Howard  | Executive Editor | June 17, 2014 |

HAIFA, Israel – Officials at the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport (DDPS) have selected Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) in Israel as the preferred supplier for its UAS 15 reconnaissance drone program. Implementation of the program is subject to further Swiss government approvals.

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The Hermes 900 flying in Swiss evaluation program starting Sept. 3, 2012 (Photo ArmeSuisse)

Elbit Systems Ltd., an international defense electronics company, includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries and operates in the areas of aerospace; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics and electro-optic space systems; signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems; and communications systems and radios.

That is no secret, the Israeli government uses former Mossad and Shin Bet operatives employed in the defense, homeland security and shipping industry to continue spy missions and prepare undercover operations for targeted assassinations as is seen in history and in the nuclear development of Iran.

‘New York Times’ profile of group bent on sanctioning Iran fails to mention Israel connections | Mondoweiss |
Coalition of the Willing Against Iran: US Justice Dept, Ungar, UANI and Mossad

See my earlier diaries on topic of the Alps killings:

Review Alps Murder Chevaline – A New Suspect Being Interrogated
American Mossad Trainee Possible Killer X in Chevaline Murders
Annecy Murder Mystery – Baghdad al-Hilli Family Points to Mossad
Murder of French Cézus/Areva Manager, A Mossad Hit in France?

Some personal observations about Israel, sabotage and assassinations in the nuclear industry …
○ Mossad Prisoner X found hanged in Black Prison
○ Mysterious blast in center of Natanz, a production facility of zirconium for nuclear industry
○ Israel has no morals for targeting women and children in Gaza offensive

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