Man arrested not fugitive wanted for murder of family

Frenchman Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes is suspected of killing his wife and four children.

Wanted: Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes has been on the run for eight years.
Wanted: Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes has been on the run for eight years.

A man arrested at Glasgow Airport on suspicion of being a wanted French fugitive is not the suspected murderer.

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes has been the subject of an international arrest warrant after his wife Agnes, 48, and their children, Arthur, 20, Thomas, 18, Anne, 16, and Benoit, 13, went missing in April 2011.

Their bodies were later found buried at the family home in Nantes, France, having been shot.

As the only family member not located, the 58-year-old father became the chief suspect and has been on the run for the past eight years.


On Friday, Police Scotland detained a man at Glasgow Airport under a European Arrest Warrant.

On Saturday, a French police spokesman confirmed that the fingerprints of the man detained did not match those of the missing suspect.

A Police Scotland spokesperson later stated: “On Friday, October 11, a man was arrested at Glasgow Airport following information provided to police.

“He was held in police custody in connection with a European Arrest Warrant issued by the French authorities.


“Inquiries were undertaken to confirm the man’s identity.

“Following the results of these tests it has been confirmed that the man arrested is not the man suspected of crimes in France.

“The man has since been released. The man and his family have no wish to speak to the media at this time and ask that their privacy be respected on this matter.

“We have notified our colleagues in the relevant agencies of this updated information.”

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