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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Diana: How spy started car death chase Reply with quote



DIANA: HOW SPY STARTED CAR DEATH CHASE
We can reveal the truth after paparazzi photographers are found guilty in landmark case
Daily Express
23 Feb 2006


By Mark Reynolds in London and Peter Allen in Paris

A SPY who is believed to have sparked the chase which led to the death of Princess Diana was being hunted last night.


The explosive development came after three French photographers who ghoulishly took pictures of the Princess as she lay dying were found guilty of invasion of privacy.


Detectives investigating the Princess’s death have traced all the people who were outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris on the night she died – except one. The man was seen whipping the crowd into a frenzy as Diana and Dodi Fayed left.


But he has disappeared, leading to fears that he was working for the British security services who were known to have been operating in the city that night.


Within seconds of their car pulling away, Diana and Dodi were hounded by a pack of paparazzi on motorcycles and in cars who engaged in a dangerous, high-speed chase.


But who was behind the co-ordinated pursuit of the couple has yet to be explained. Detectives from




‘ A step nearer the truth’
Paparazzi ruling in Diana case fuels the mystery over her death crash
Operation Paget – the inquiry team headed by former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens which is examining Diana’s death – have already quizzed spies operating in Paris at the time.


Serious doubts about the reliability of their evidence has been raised and it is known that at least one agent had uncontrolled access to Diana’s body as she lay in a French morgue.


KILLED: Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed


Spies working for the British and French governments will now be reinterviewed and it is known that alarm is mounting at the highest levels about the forensic nature of Lord Stevens’ inquiry and the startling facts his team is uncovering.


The jitters will not be helped by yesterday’s landmark ruling in a Paris court which blows apart French claims that Diana’s death was the result of a simple accident caused by her driver Henri Paul being high on drink and drugs.


The decision has wide-ranging ramifications for the whole inquiry into her death and the French Court of Appeal’s report will now be handed to the Paget team.


The ruling also vindicates the nineyear fight for justice by Dodi’s father Mohamed Al Fayed.


Crucially, it overturns earlier court decisions and is in direct conflict with the findings of the man who led the fatally flawed French investigation, Judge Herve Stephan, who ruled that the crash was an accident.


And it casts massive doubt on his other findings, including his conclusion that Henri Paul was over the legal drink-drive limit.


Last night Mr Al Fayed, who has long fought to see the paparazzi punished for pursuing his son and the Princess so relentlessly, vowed to continue his fight to get to the truth.




Hostility


He told the Daily Express: “I have always said that Judge Stephan was wrong. His investigation was deeply flawed and his findings perverse.


“It is deeply disappointing that I am having to fight for so long and on so many fronts in order to get to the truth, but I am encouraged by the fact that each battle I fight takes me a step nearer the truth, despite all the opposition and hostility that I encounter from those in power.


“I am also encouraged by the overwhelming support I receive from the British public.


“This lovely couple were murdered, with the paparazzi being used as a cover for the murder, and sooner or later I will succeed in exposing the full facts and the people who committed such a horrendous crime.”


Despite yesterday’s legal victory, a twist in French law meant the court was only able to impose a symbolic fine – that of one euro. It means each of the three guilty photographers will have to pay Mr Al Fayed less than 23p.


But the ruling in the French Appeal Court has far-reaching implications for the £2.5million inquiry into Diana’s death.


Yesterday’s court decision will force the inquiry to investigate further Mr Al Fayed’s claims concerning a cover-up surrounding the Princess’s death.


The Fayed family blame the security services for her death and that of Dodi. And they continue to press for answers to a number of key questions.


Most importantly, were blood samples from Mr Paul swapped to make it appear that he had been drinking?


In addition, why was Diana’s body illegally embalmed just hours after the crash – meaning that tests to check whether or not she was pregnant could not be carried out. Yesterday the French Court of Appeal heard how photographers Jacques Langevin, Fabrice Chassery and Christian Martinez had all pursued the Princess right up until the moment her Mercedes crashed in a Paris underpass on August 31, 1997.


The photographers then took snaps of the Princess lying mortally wounded in the back of the car before asking thousands of pounds for them on the open market.


They took their pictures of Diana before any ambulances arrived at the scene. Minutes later, the Princess suffered the first of two massive heart attacks.


She died some four hours later. Her boyfriend Dodi and Mr Paul also died in the crash.


Although 10 so-called paparazzi photographers were later cleared of manslaughter charges, Mohamed Al Fayed has relentlessly pursued them through the French legal system.


Although the size of the fine may be a disappointment to Mr Al Fayed – who has already invested millions in court actions relating to the tragedy – it is seen as a major moral victory and is the first time anyone has ever been successfully prosecuted in France for taking an unpublished picture.


The Paris judges heard how the pictures of Diana sitting mortally injured in the back of the Mercedes were Strict




During the hearing, the court decided that this set of photographs invaded Dodi’s privacy because they were taken inside a car.


France’s strict privacy laws state that the inside of a car should be as private as the inside of a person’s home.


The three photographers’ court costs will include the payment of up to £1,400 (€2,000) a time to have the judgment published in three French national newspapers.


In 2001 manslaughter charges against the 10 French photographers arrested at the scene of the crash were dropped after a two-year investigation. A judge Daily Express Thursday February 23 2006 offered for sale for up to thousands of pounds a time.


All of the photographers were originally cleared of breach of privacy charges in court rulings in 2003 and 2004, but Mr Al Fayed took the case to France’s highest court of appeal, the Cour de Cassation.


It quashed the acquittal and referred the charges back to the appeals court, which ruled that the photographers had indeed broken the law and yesterday issued the symbolic fine.


The first set of pictures on the fateful night were taken of the Princess and Dodi leaving the Paris Ritz, which is owned by Mr Al Fayed. ruled they had not caused the crash by following the Mercedes too closely.


Instead Mr Paul was blamed for driving too fast while drunk.


But this decision has recently been called into doubt, with the Fayed family demanding to see records from the morgue detailing what tests were carried out and which other bodies were brought there on the night in question.


The requests for information have so far been refused.


But details of the yesterday’s court ruling will now be made available to British detectives currently taking part in the ongoing inquiry into the death of Diana.


Operation Paget was ordered by the Royal Coroner last January when he reopened the inquest into the deaths.


The coroner, Michael Burgess, said Scotland Yard should investigate every aspect of the death – including the conspiracy theories put forward by Mr Al Fayed that the Princess and Dodi were murdered by British secret services.


But detectives have always complained that co-operation from Paris has never been as good as they might expect.


The British police report into Diana’s death is expected to be completed by next year, and the inquest will take place shortly afterwards.


The Daily Express has covered the twists and turns of this complicated inquiry and we will leave no stone unturned in our quest for the truth.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets hope the truth will come out
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah hopefully Very Happy
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