Saad al-Hilli, the British-Iraqi man killed alongside his wife and mother-in-law in a mysterious shooting in the French Alps last month, had access to a bank account linked to late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the German daily Bild reported on its website Monday.
Citing a source with German foreign intelligence service BND, Bild said that the 50-year-old victim's late father had run a Swiss bank account for Hussein's Baath party and that following the father's death last year, al-Hilli gained access to the account and its balance of some one million euros.
The source said BND had been monitoring financial transactions between Iraq and the West for decades.
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BND refused to comment on the matter to AFP.
French prosecutors said earlier this month that a Swiss bank account monitored by al-Hilli and opened by his father had not seen any movement in a long time.
Al-Hilli and his wife and mother-in-law were found dead in their car in France's Haute Savoie region last month in an attack survived by their two young daughters.
A French cyclist, an apparent innocent bystander, was also shot dead.