A close relative of one of the French Alps shooting victims has criticised the French police's handling of the investigation, claiming that his family has been left "damaged".

Dr Ahmed al-Saffar, the brother of Mrs al-Hilli's mother, who was one of the victims, told the BBC's Today programme: "What is unfortunate is... the French prosecutor focussing on the family and dismissing all other lines of investigation.

“This has made a great damage to the family."

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Saad al-Hilli, whose was murdered in the attack alongside his wife and mother-in-law


Since the horrific shooting took place in early September very little progress has been made in the investigation, with Saad al-Hilli's Iraqi background, a possible falling-out with his brother Zaid and his links to the defence industry seemingly being the main lines of enquiry.

Dr al-Saffar added: "I think the French prosecutor should make a professional investigation and not dismiss any part or line, just focussing on the family it is not fair and not the right thing.”

Asked for his reaction over a recent comment from the French police that the case might take ten years to solve, Dr al-Saffar replied that it was "very surprising to jump to this conclusion".

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Members of the media survey the murder scene near Chevaline in the Haute-Savoie region of south-eastern France

Engineer Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother-in-law were brutally murdered in a remote spot close to Lake Annecy, along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier.

It emerged on Friday that police now believe Mr Mollier, 45, was actually the first to be killed.

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  • Crime coordinator Capt. Laurent Dourel, left, Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud, second left, and French Gendarmes Col. Bertrand Francois, third left, and Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman atttend a news conference in Annecy, French Alps, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud answers a question during a news conference in Annecy, France, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • A gendarme blocks access to the site where people were shot to death near Chevaline, French Alps, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

  • A Gendarme's car heads to a killing site near Chevaline, the French Alps, on Wednesday, Sept.5, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)

  • Gendarmerie Col. François, left, and Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud answer reporter near a killing site, near Chevaline, the French Alps, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)

  • Gendarmes block access to a killing site near Chevaline, the French Alps, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexis Moro)

  • Gendarmes blocks access to site where people were shot to death near Chevaline, the French Alps, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)