PARIS – According to French police, a man in Scotland was falsely arrested for suspected of killing his entire family in 2011.
Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes was wanted by the police for his alleged involvement in the death of his wife and four children in the western city of Nantes.
His disappearance had long disturbed long investigators, which led some to suspect that he had died.
A French police spokesman told The Associated Press that French and Scottish investigators had stated on Saturday that the fingerprints of the man detained in Glasgow on Friday did not match those of the missing suspect.
Le Parisien said that the fugitive had traveled under a false name and had been arrested following a citation.
The murders shocked France in 2011 after the bodies of the Dupont de Ligonnes family, as and their two dogs were discovered buried under the terrace of the family home.
Later it turned out that the suspect had financial problems and had registered to shoot at a local shooting club.
The police found a message he had sent in 2010 in which he said he wanted to kill his family.