Princess Diana Killed 'Unlawfully,' Inquest Finds

April 07, 2008 05:04 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
An inquest has determined that Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed were "unlawfully killed" in 1997 owing to the “gross negligence” of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi.

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The highly publicized inquest took six months, after which a jury concluded that Paul’s drunk driving contributed to Fayed and Diana’s deaths, as did the fact that neither one was wearing a seatbelt, reports the BBC

British newspapers The Daily Mail and The Daily Express are running thorough articles about the new verdict, including the reaction of Dodi Fayed’s father, Mohamed al-Fayed, who has long contended that his son and Diana were murdered in a plot orchestrated by Prince Philip.

“Mohamed al-Fayed stormed from the court with a face of thunder as soon as the brief hearing ended,” reports The Daily Mail.

When asked for his response to the verdict, he allegedly shrugged his shoulders and said, “The most important thing is it is murder.”

The 79-year-old businessman, who owns the London department store Harrods, had told the court during the inquest that members of the U.S., British and French intelligence agencies were coconspirators in the murder, but investigations by French and British authorities found no indication of foul play.

Headline Links: ‘Princess Diana Unlawfully Killed’

Reaction: Mohamed al-Fayed

Related Topics: Inquest specifics

On April 2, the judge handed the case over to the jury, signaling a conclusion to the inquest, which took six months, included 242 witnesses and cost nearly $6 million. Under British law, any time a suspicious death occurs in a foreign country there must be an inquest, and in the case of Diana’s death, the inquest took so long because there were several criminal charges and conspiracy theories, including many instigated by Mohamed Al-Fayed.

Watch the story on CBS.

Background: The conspiracy theory

Reference: Diana, Princess of Wales


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