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    Default Princess diana police face arrest

    Wonder if they'll get theAssange treatment or if that is just for Assange....?
    PRINCESS DIANA POLICE FACE ARREST




    Princess Diana predicted that she would be killed



    Friday July 22,2011

    By Cyril Dixon, Padraic Flanagan and Mark Reynolds


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    Britain’s leading former police officers are wanted for questioning over allegations that they withheld crucial evidence about the car crash which killed Princess Diana.

    A French judge wants to ask ex-Yard chief Lord Condon and Sir David Veness why they failed to disclose the existence of a note in which she predicted her assassination.
    They could face international arrest warrants as suspects should they refuse to attend interviews in Paris, sources close to the investigation indicated last night.
    The note, taken by Diana’s lawyer Lord Mishcon, was handed to the officers a few months after the 1997 Paris tunnel crash which also claimed the lives of Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed, son of tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed, and the pair’s chauffeur Henri Paul.
    The highly-respected lawyer’s document records the line: “Efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure or whatever)...at least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced.”
    It was more than three years later before it emerged that the officers had locked the note in Lord Condon’s safe at Scotland Yard. When Lord Condon stood down as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner his successor as Met Commissioner, Lord Stevens, continued to keep its existence a secret.
    Under French law, “removing or concealing” evidence, which could “facilitate the discovery of a crime”, is punishable by three to five years in jail or a fine.
    Now Paris-based Judge Gerard Caddeo is locked in a protracted battle with British authorities over his demand for interviews with Lord Condon and Sir David, a former assistant commissioner.
    The explosive development means that the issue of whether the fatal crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris was an accident or murder is likely to be once more the subject of a controversial court case.
    source close to the Paris inquiry said: “Everyone assumed that with the end of the British inquest, the investigation into Diana and Dodi’s deaths was closed.
    “But this has blown it wide open again. Judge Caddeo is determined to get to the bottom of what happened with the Mishcon note.
    “The French courts will not allow this matter to rest and it is understood that if Lord Condon and Sir David refuse to attend Paris for an interview then Judge Caddeo will not hesitate to issue international warrants of arrest.”
    At his home in Kent yesterday, Lord Condon refused to comment in detail on the Diana letter.
    “I have not been asked to go to Paris,” he said. “There was discussion of all these things at the inquest and if there is anything else, you will have to speak to the legal affairs department at Scotland Yard. This is not the time or place for this.”
    A Yard spokesman said: “We are not prepared to comment – we would have to refer you to the French authorities.”
    The Daily Express understands that Judge Caddeo has been engaged in lengthy exchanges with Sylvie Petit-Leclair, a judge attached jointly to the French Embassy in London and the Home Office who assists in cross-Channel legal issues.
    He has also written to a Home Office official, whose name is known to this paper, demanding she assist his bid to interview the officers. The Daily Express also understands that he has twice sent the same Home Office official ‘International Letters Rogatory’ – formal requests from a court to a foreign court for judicial assistance – in which he names Lord Condon and Sir David as suspects.
    He also names Lord Stevens as a person he wishes to question. Judge Caddeo’s papers summarise the crucial accusation – that Scotland Yard and the British Embassy in Paris concealed the note made by Lord Mishcon from the French authorities investigating the crash.
    The note would have made it more likely that the French would have opened a murder inquiry.
    He states that the note reported that the Princess had been “informed by sources worthy of her trust” that an attempt was being made to “eliminate her in an orchestrated automobile accident.” Diana died on August 31, 1997, after the Mercedes she and Dodi Fayed were travelling in crashed following a high-speed chase as they tried to evade photographers.
    A French investigation concluded that the crash was caused by driver Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Paris Ritz, losing control of the car at high speed while intoxicated. But the investigating authorities were unaware British police had the late Lord Mishcon’s note.
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/260394

    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    The UK seems to be at meltdown point over a number of matters......this is a most welcome development in the Grand Cover-up of Diana's MURDER! Between this, some other recent events [man in North Face Bag et al], Kelly, and Murdoch, the British Police from Scottland Yard down now seem more like Keystone Cops on the take - and more likely to be involved in cover-up [or commission] of crimes, than in getting to the bottom of them~!~~~~
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
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    Default Mark Lane defends Diana film should be shown...

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011...hamed-al-fayed
    Mark Lane defends Diana film should be shown...

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    Very interesting interview in the bottom video link.
    French authorities may seek an international arrest warrant for two former police chiefs, who withheld a prophetic note in which Princess Diana seemingly predicted her assassination by car crash.[1] Something she stated on more than one occasion.

    Former Scotland Yard chief Lord Condon and former Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations Sir David Veness, have been ordered to attend an interview in Paris to address why the note was under lock and key for 3 years following Diana’s death. If they fail to attend they will be treated as suspects. The note remained hidden even when Lord Condon’s successor Lord Stevens took over as Metropolitan Police Commissioner, suggesting the orders may have came from a higher authority.

    The note was handed to the MET by Diana’s Lawyer Lord Mishcon shortly after the 1997 Paris tunnel crash, which also claimed the lives of Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul. It drew on a meeting between Diana and the law firm where she claimed her life was in danger; the record of the meeting in the form of a hand-written note says efforts would be made to get rid of her “…be it by some accident in her car such as pre-prepared brake failure or whatever.”

    Lord Condon and Sir Veness have publicly claimed that they made the decision not to release the document unless there was a suggestion that the crash was not an accident [2], but the French Judge Gerard Caddeo may see this as withholding the very evidence that does suggest it wasn’t an accident. Under French law, “removing or concealing” evidence, which could “facilitate the discovery of a crime”, is punishable by three to five years in jail or a fine.

    Coinciding with the release of controversial Keith Allen documentary “Unlawful Killing” that suggests Diana was assassinated, this re-ignition of the case may open a whole new can of worms, right when the British establishment is being rocked by the phone hacking scandal.

    It should be noted that this isn’t the only document where Diana’s death appears to be foreshadowed. As reported by The Telegraph another document was written way back in 1993!
    A handwritten letter in which Diana, Princess of Wales claimed that the Prince of Wales was plotting to kill her so he could marry Tiggy Legge-Bourke, the former nanny to Princes William and Harry, has been shown at the inquest into her death.

    That letter reads:
    “This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous – my husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy. Camilla is nothing but a decoy, so we are all being used by the man in every sense of the word.”

    Even the most non-conspiratorial minded person has to scratch their head with intrigue that Diana feared for her death by orchestrated car crash as early as 1993, and then wound up dead in a car crash, while one of the notes that predicted this was subsequently hidden by police officers honored by the Queen, whose oh so Royal family would be prime suspects in an assassination of the Princess.

    So far the official story is that the Mercedes-Benz carrying the victims collided with the 13th pillar of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, because driver Henri-Paul was intoxicated with alcohol, anti-depressants and possibly carbon monoxide, causing him to lose control of the wheel. However video surveillance at the hotel that evening show an upright Paul who appears to be in full control of his faculties. Moments before entering the vehicle he can be seen quite happily tying his shoe laces with no obvious impairment.



    The media frenzy that called Henri “drunk as a pig” [3], was well underway before samples had even been presented [4], suggesting the narrative was to some degree pre-arranged or grossly speculative. Independent forensic pathologists have reviewed the toxicology reports and concluded that the blood samples were not stored at the correct temperatures, meaning higher levels of alcohol would have been recorded due to decomposition of the blood.[5] Furthermore it was claimed that Henri-Paul had over 20% carbon monoxide blood content, which would cause any regular person severe head-aches and a lack of coordination, which again is refuted by the CCTV evidence of Paul in the hotel lobby.

    No acceptable explanation has been given for the presence of Carbon Monoxide. Initial reports claim it came from the vehicles airbags, but this was later ruled out. It seems absurd that a life saving system could release a toxic gas. It quite logically has been suggested that this intoxication came post-crash from exhaust fumes, but Henri was supposed to have died on impact rendering him unable to breath in any of the fumes. Smoking was also blamed, but Toxicologist Professor Robert Forrest ultimately had to concede that “It’s either conspiracy or cock-up.”[6] “…he could not find any logical explanation for the findings.”

    A thorough investigation needs to follow all leads and motives. The Henri-Paul claim is flimsy, so it would be worth following up on Diana’s cries for help, specifically the idea that she was to be murdered by “pre-prepared brake failure”. Such a technique for carrying out assassinations does purportedly exist within the secret services of the world. According to author Jon King it’s called the “Boston Breaks” method and involves installing hardware within a vehicle, which allows the assassination team to jam the steering column and braking functions remotely, causing the car to hurtle out of control, unable to break or steer. This is dealt with in his book Diana: The Evidence

    Also in the book The Feathermen by former SAS demolition expert and famous British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, he recounts the alleged assassination of Major Michael Marman via this very method.

    The Clinic had been watching Major Michael Marman, and had determined that he frequently drove along the A303 arterial road, in Wiltshire, south-west England, on personal business. While doing this, he was habitually alone, and the fact that his vehicle was a relatively flimsy Citroen 2CV meant that a crash was the perfect method to kill him. Nevertheless, the Clinic dared not tamper with Marman’s car or deploy a driver to ram him off the road, since their contractual obligation to make the death appear accidental would almost certainly come unstuck under the slightest police investigation. They therefore decided to use a proxy: an apparently random driver who would unknowingly become the Clinic’s untraceable instrument of execution, by colliding with Marman.

    Through relatively simple research, they discovered a businessman whose offices were in Plymouth and London, and who regularly drove between the two along the A303 road. This was Air Marshal (ret’d) Sir Peter Horsley, former equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh and to the Queen, and ex-Commander in Chief of Britain’s atomic strike force, who now worked for an engineering firm, ML Holdings. Study and surveillance showed that Sir Peter was due to drive from London to Plymouth for a board meeting on 11 November 1986, at a time which would mean he would pass Major Marman in the opposite direction along the length of the A303. The Clinic then entered Horsely’s garage during the night of 10-11 November, and, over an eight-hour period, fitted a ‘parasite’ braking system in the cavities of his BMW, in such a way that it couldn’t be seen on immediate inspection. This radio-controlled system was powered by a scuba-diving cylinder of compressed air, which would allow each of the car’s brakes to be applied separately, without the control of the driver.

    The next day, having practised their technique for weeks with stock cars and models, two of the Clinic members shadowed Horsely, while keeping in radio communication with a second Clinic team, shadowing Marman. As Marman’s 2CV and Horsely’s BMW approached each other along the A303, the parasite braking system was applied, and Horsely lost control of his vehicle, which was steered across the central reservation and into Marman’s path. the ensuing collision killed Marman outright, and severely injured Horsely. Horsely was initially under suspicion of reckless driving, but fortunately had a witness who had been driving behind him, who testified that he had seen a puff of smoke emerge from the rear of Horsely’s car immediately before he lost control: at inquest, the local coroner said the accident would remain unexplained. The more definitely so, since the Clinic’s parasite brake-system had been secretly removed after the accident while the BMW was impounded at the police garage facility. The Feather Men, who failed to prevent this assassination, ultimately learned exactly how this scenario unfolded when they captured and interrogated the Clinic’s chief assassin.

    In his autobiography, Sounds From Another Room, Horsley says that he was accelerating to about 60 miles an hour when the car began to react strangely. He saw a grey Volvo closing up quickly behind him and as he was about to wave it past, his BMW spun sharply to the left, the brakes screeching, and then sharply to the right and back again. This is remarkably similar to what happened to the Mercedes before it struck the pillar.

    Horsley wrote:
    “Out of the corner of my eye I saw the grey Volvo accelerating past me at high speed. My car had now developed a mind of its own as it swung broadside and skidded down the road. With a lurch it hit the central reservation, mounted the grass verge separating the two lanes of the highway and crossed over into the opposite carriageway. I had just time to see a small car approaching from the opposite direction. I hit it sideways on with tremendous force. In a split-second the driver’s horror-stricken face was visible and I heard his hoarse scream.”

    It’s worth noting the Mercedes carrying Diana had previously been stolen. The Daily Mail notes:
    It had been stolen several months before the accident and there are those who speculate that this might have been an opportunity to tamper with the car.

    The general public are familiar with Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla, but Diana’s 1993 letter claims he wanted her dead to pursue a marriage with Tiggy Legge-Bourke (the Prince’s nanny), not Camilla. In fact Camilla herself nearly died in a car accident shortly before Diana’s death [7], and as the letter states: “Camilla is nothing more than a decoy.”

    Lets suppose the massive coincidences here are simply that, coincidences, and Diana’s death was just a tragic accident. We still have two documents where Diana feared for her death via car crash. Did Charles and/or the perpetrators strike it lucky; did fate deliver a dead Diana in the exact manner they wanted?

    Or are we just being silly conspiracy theorists? If that’s the case, the alternative is to believe that Diana was a lying bitch….

    http://wideshut.co.uk/princess-diana...cy-re-ignited/
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Amazing interview and no doubt investigation and book! A must see video! Diana was murdered....that simple....this guy seems to have seen through all the fog of intel warriors! Bravo! :spy: :dancingman:
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/news/nol/...ana_report.pdf

    INDEX
    Introduction
    Chapter One Relationship / Engagement / Pregnancy
    Chapter Two Perceived Threats To The Princess Of Wales
    Chapter Three Actions Of The Paparazzi In Paris
    Chapter Four Henri Paul - Ritz Security Officer And
    Driver Of The Mercedes Car
    Chapter Five CCTV / Traffic Cameras In Paris
    Chapter Six Mercedes Car
    Chapter Seven Blocking Vehicles / Unidentified Vehicles / Bright Flashes
    (The Journey To The Alma Underpass)
    Chapter Eight Post-Crash Medical Treatment Of
    The Princess Of Wales
    Chapter Nine The Embalming Of The Body Of The Princess Of Wales At
    The Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
    Chapter Ten Actions Of The French Authorities
    Chapter Eleven Actions Of The Foreign & Commonwealth Office /
    British Embassy, Paris
    Chapter Twelve British Authorities’ Actions With Regard To
    ‘Suspicious Deaths’
    Chapter Thirteen Bodyguards Of Mohamed Al Fayed (Trevor Rees-Jones,
    Kieran Wingfield And Reuben Murrell)
    Chapter Fourteen ‘James’ Andanson – French Photojournalist And Owner
    Of A White Fiat Uno
    Chapter Fifteen Central Intelligence Agency /
    National Security Agency, USA
    Chapter Sixteen The Secret Intelligence Service And
    The Security Service INTRODUCTION
    This police report documents the findings of the criminal investigation into an
    allegation made by Mohamed Al Fayed of conspiracy to murder the Princess of Wales
    and his son Dodi Al Fayed.

    The Coroner of the Queen’s Household and H.M. Coroner for Surrey, Michael
    Burgess, also requested this investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
    to help him decide whether such matters would fall within the scope of the
    investigation carried out at the inquests. (Coroner’s remarks at the opening of the
    inquests, 6 January 2004.)
    The opening of the inquests had been delayed until then because of ongoing legal
    proceedings in France.
    A further report (commonly referred to as the ‘Coroner’s report’) will be prepared by
    police specifically for the inquest process.
    An inquest is an inquiry intended to produce a formal answer to four questions:
    (i) Who the deceased was.
    (ii) When he/she came by his/her death.
    (iii) Where he/she came by his/her death.
    (iv) How he/she came by his/her death.
    The police crime investigation will, as is usual practice, remain open until the
    conclusion of any inquest or other judicial process. Operation Paget will take account
    of evidence given at, or provided in connection with, any hearing.
    Background
    On Saturday 30 August 1997, the Princess of Wales arrived in Paris with Emad ElDin Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed (Dodi Al Fayed), the son of Mohamed Al Fayed.
    They had stopped there en route to London, having spent the preceding nine days
    together on board Mohamed Al Fayed’s yacht, the ‘Jonikal’, on the French and Italian
    Riviera. They had intended to stay overnight.
    Mohamed Al Fayed was and is the owner of the Ritz Hotel in Place Vendôme, Paris.
    He also owned an apartment in rue Arsène Houssaye, a short distance from the hotel
    and located just off the avenue des Champs-Elysées.
    At around 12.20am on Sunday 31 August 1997, the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al
    Fayed left the Ritz Hotel to return to the apartment in rue Arsène Houssaye. They
    were the rear passengers in a Mercedes S280 car driven by Henri Paul, the Acting
    Head of Security at the Ritz Hotel. Trevor Rees-Jones, Dodi Al Fayed’s bodyguard,
    was in the front passenger seat.
    Page 1 INTRODUCTION
    They left from the rear of the hotel, the rue Cambon exit. After crossing the Place de
    la Concorde they drove along Cours la Reine and Cours Albert 1er (the embankment
    road running parallel to the River Seine) into the Place de l’Alma underpass.
    The Mercedes collided with the thirteenth central pillar in the underpass. Dodi Al
    Fayed and Henri Paul died at the scene. Both were taken directly to the Institut
    Médico-Légal (IML), the Paris mortuary, not to a hospital. The Princess of Wales,
    who was seriously injured but still alive after the impact, was taken by the emergency
    services to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. Trevor Rees-Jones survived the impact
    with very serious injuries. He also was taken to the same hospital as the Princess of
    Wales for emergency treatment. At around 4am, following emergency surgery, the
    Princess of Wales died.
    None of the occupants of the car was wearing a seat belt at the time of the impact.
    The Investigation by the French Authorities
    The French authorities carried out an investigation into the crash within their own
    legal and investigative framework. An official of the Paris Public Prosecutor’s
    Department went to the scene of the crash to take control of the initial investigation.
    This is not uncommon in France. She tasked the Brigade Criminelle section of the
    Paris Police with the immediate investigation. Seven ‘paparazzi’ present at the scene
    were arrested.
    The Public Prosecutor’s Department asked, on Tuesday 2 September 1997, for these
    paparazzi to be investigated for failure to render assistance to persons in danger (a
    specific imprisonable offence in France) and for ‘unnamed persons’ to be investigated
    for involuntary manslaughter and injury. ‘Unnamed persons’ is a term used in France
    when an investigation is opened with no specific, named suspects. On 4 September
    1997 another three paparazzi reported to the Brigade Criminelle. They were
    investigated for the same offences.
    Following the Public Prosecutor’s request for an investigation, an Examining
    Magistrate, Judge Hervé Stéphan, was appointed to the case. The complexity of the
    case led to a second Examining Magistrate, Marie-Christine Devidal, being appointed
    to assist. Under the system of criminal justice in France, Hervé Stéphan was
    responsible for the direction of the investigation and his authority was needed for any
    action to be taken. This ‘inquisitorial’ system differs from the ‘adversarial’ system of
    criminal justice in this country where the police are, in the main, responsible for
    directing and carrying out a criminal investigation.
    Judge Stéphan’s investigation ‘attempted to define as fully as possible the sequence of
    events with a view to determining, at its conclusion, the legal ramifications of any
    possible liability.’
    He concluded that there was insufficient evidence against the paparazzi photographers
    in respect of the offences then being investigated of involuntary manslaughter, injury
    causing a total incapacity for work in excess of three months and failing to render
    assistance to persons in danger.
    Page 2 INTRODUCTION
    He further concluded there was insufficient evidence against any person for the
    offences of involuntary manslaughter, injury causing a total incapacity for work in
    excess of three months or for endangering the life of another.
    Finally he stated that the offences investigated were not covered under any other
    (French) criminal legislation. He circulated these conclusions in a ‘Notice of
    Dismissal’ dated 3 September 1999.
    A number of legal challenges to the investigation and its conclusions were instigated
    in France. Some of these continue to this day.
    Response of the United Kingdom Authorities
    The crash and the three resulting deaths had occurred in France. It was therefore a
    matter for the French authorities to investigate, even though two of those who died
    were not French citzens. From the outset, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
    acted in a liaison role with the French authorities on behalf of the respective Coroners
    in England who would be holding inquests into the deaths. Any enquiries carried out
    by police in the United Kingdom were solely on behalf of the French investigating
    authorities.
    Dr John Burton, Coroner of the Queen’s Household, assumed responsibility for the
    body of the Princess of Wales. Michael Burgess, H.M. Coroner for Surrey (and then
    Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household) assumed responsibility for the body of
    Dodi Al Fayed, as he would be laid to rest in the County of Surrey.
    As a result of ill health Dr Burton retired in 2002 and Michael Burgess took over the
    role of Coroner of the Queen’s Household whilst retaining his role as H.M. Coroner
    for Surrey.
    In July 2003, solicitors acting on behalf of Mohamed Al Fayed wrote to Michael
    Burgess. They stated that the criminal proceedings over which Judge Hervé Stéphan
    presided had now concluded, following decisions in the Appeal Court in Paris in April
    2003. They urged Michael Burgess on behalf of their client to open the inquests and
    to ensure that in respect of Dodi Al Fayed ‘there is a proper investigation into his
    death.’ The letter contained details of the different strands within the allegation made
    by Mohamed Al Fayed to support his view that the crash was not an accident but
    murder and that this murder was the result of a conspiracy by the ‘Establishment’ and
    particularly HRH Prince Philip, who used the ‘Security Services’ to carry it out.
    Michael Burgess informed the MPS of this correspondence and the associated
    allegation and supporting claims. The MPS was continuing to act as liaison with the
    French authorities. The MPS considered the status of this allegation in the United
    Kingdom and its possible effect on the French investigation and conclusions. The
    French authorities were informed of the detail of the allegation and their view was
    sought as to whether they wished to deal with the allegation. They declined to re-open
    their investigation into the events of the crash.

    Page 3 INTRODUCTION
    On 6 January 2004, Michael Burgess officially opened the Inquests into the deaths of
    the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed. He stated:
    ‘I am aware that there is speculation that these deaths were not the result of a sad,
    but relatively straight forward, road traffic accident in Paris. I have asked the
    Metropolitan Police Commissioner to make inquiries. The results of these inquiries
    will help me to decide whether such matters will fall within the scope of the
    investigation carried out at the inquests.’
    Terms of Reference for Operation Paget
    On 15 January 2004, the Coroner and the then Commissioner of the Metropolitan
    Police Service, Sir John Stevens, now Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, agreed the
    following terms of reference for Operation Paget.
    • To liaise with the French authorities in relation to the deaths of the Princess of
    Wales and Dodi Fayed and in doing so identify any investigative opportunities
    that the Coroner may wish to address with the French authorities. In order to
    assist the Coroner to achieve the above a comparative standard will be
    compiled in relation to lines of enquiry, technical analysis, witnesses and any
    other aspect of the enquiry the Coroner identifies to enable him to achieve his
    responsibilities to confirm the information provided by the French witnesses
    • To assist with lines of enquiry in the United Kingdom as identified by the
    Coroner
    • To identify allegations which would suggest that the deaths of the Princess of
    Wales and Dodi Al Fayed were caused other than as a result of a tragic road
    traffic accident and assess whether there is any credible evidence to support
    such assertions and report the same to the Coroner

    The primary purpose of Operation Paget was to assess any credible evidence that
    supported the allegation of conspiracy to murder, not to re-investigate the issues
    looked at by the French investigation.
    The British Police Crime Investigation (Operation Paget)
    Detailed consideration of the conspiracy allegation made by Mohamed Al Fayed led
    the MPS to determine that a criminal investigation should be conducted. Although the
    crash and the deaths occurred within French jurisdiction, any alleged offence of
    conspiracy was primarily based in the United Kingdom and the allegation came under
    that jurisdiction.
    The French authorities agreed to support the Coroner by allowing special operating
    procedures in relation to International Letters of Request (ILoR) due to the volume of
    enquiries anticipated.
    Page 4 INTRODUCTION
    The French ‘Judicial Dossier’ (case file) contains statements of witnesses, police
    reports, expert reports and judicial orders created during the French investigation. It is
    the property of the French authorities and remains so. However, following the
    opening of the inquests in England in January 2004 they gave permission for the
    Coroner, and on his behalf the police, to use the dossier in support of the British
    criminal investigation even though legal appeals were still continuing in France.
    This was possible because the French investigation had looked at the circumstances
    surrounding the crash and was aimed, in Judge Hervé Stéphan’s words, at
    ‘determining the legal ramifications of any possible liability.’ The conspiracy
    allegation is much wider in terms of breadth and timescale over which suspicious
    activity is alleged to have taken place. Operation Paget has used the content of the
    French judicial dossier as the foundation for understanding the immediate events
    around the Alma underpass.
    Where new techniques, or developed knowledge, allows that content to be enhanced
    Operation Paget has tried to do so. This is particularly so with regard to the ‘collision
    reconstruction’ techniques used at the scene. A significant element of the work
    undertaken by Operation Paget in assessing the conspiracy allegation was different
    from the French investigation into the crash.
    The Conspiracy Allegation
    Mohamed Al Fayed has made a principal crime allegation, supplemented by
    numerous linked claims and assertions. In essence Mohamed Al Fayed’s allegation is
    that the ‘Security Services’ (unless otherwise specified, this is taken to be the Secret
    Intelligence Service (SIS) - commonly known as MI6) acting at the behest of HRH
    Prince Philip, arranged for or carried out the murder of Dodi Al Fayed and the
    Princess of Wales. The alleged motive was that the Princess of Wales was pregnant
    with Dodi Al Fayed’s child and there was to be an imminent announcement of their
    engagement. It is suggested by Mohamed Al Fayed that the Royal Family ‘could not
    accept that an Egyptian Muslim could eventually be the stepfather of the future King
    of England’.
    It is alleged that the Security Services of the United Kingdom covertly obtained the
    information concerning pregnancy and engagement, with or without the co-operation
    of overseas agencies, precipitating the need to put into operation a plan to murder
    them. Mohamed Al Fayed further alleges there was a cover-up by the ‘Establishment’
    to prevent the conspiracy and murders from coming to light.
    Sequence of Events
    This is an overview of events to assist in placing the relationship of the Princess of
    Wales and Dodi Al Fayed into context and understanding, in broad terms, how they
    came to be at the Alma underpass at 12.23am on Sunday 31 August 1997.
    Page 5 INTRODUCTION
    It should first be explained that in 1994, at her request, official personal protection
    had been removed from the Princess of Wales. She wanted less intrusion into her
    private life. Until then, the MPS ‘Specialist Operations’ Command had routinely
    provided protection to her as a senior member of the Royal Family. From 1994
    onwards she received such protection only if she was on an official visit that
    warranted such security or if members of the Royal Family who warranted protection
    in their own right, most obviously her sons, accompanied her.
    Meeting on Holiday
    On Friday 11 July 1997 the Princess of Wales and her two sons, HRH Prince William
    and HRH Prince Harry, commenced a holiday in St Tropez. They were guests at the
    home of Mohamed Al Fayed. He had known the Princess of Wales previously, but
    this was the first time she had taken up his invitation of a summer holiday. The
    Princess of Wales had made it known to friends that she wanted to spend time with
    her sons in a secure environment and she knew that Mohamed Al Fayed had his own
    security team.
    Personal Protection Officers (PPO) from New Scotland Yard accompanied the Royal
    Princes and worked with Mohamed Al Fayed’s security team in St Tropez during this
    holiday.
    It was during the day of Monday 14 July 1997 that the Princess of Wales told the
    press “You will get a big surprise with the next thing I do”. It was also during this
    holiday that a photograph was taken of the Princess of Wales in a leopard print
    swimsuit, following which some newspapers ran a story that the picture might be an
    indication of pregnancy.
    Dodi Al Fayed, the eldest son of Mohamed Al Fayed, joined the family holiday on the
    evening of Monday 14 July 1997.
    There is evidence in comments that the Princess of Wales made to friends on her
    return that she enjoyed this holiday. She flew back to England with her sons on
    Sunday 20 July 1997. Dodi Al Fayed remained in St Tropez.
    The Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed continued to spend time together. They
    spent the weekend of 26 July 1997 together in Paris. This visit attracted almost no
    media attention. The couple’s chauffeur said that they walked relatively freely in Paris
    without interference from the media or public.
    On their return to England the couple continued to spend time together and on
    Thursday 31 July 1997 they flew to Nice and holidayed together on the French and
    Italian Riviera aboard Mohamed Al Fayed’s yacht, the ‘Jonikal’. It was during this
    trip that the famous ‘kiss’ photograph was taken by the Italian photographer, Mario
    Brenna. Not only did this photograph appear to draw media attention to the couple, it
    is believed that the amount of money reportedly earned by Brenna focused the
    attention of the paparazzi.
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    The Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed returned to England on Wednesday 6
    August 1997. The media attention on both was now much greater.
    Dodi Al Fayed at that time had two bodyguards working for him, John Johnson and
    Trevor Rees-Jones, each on duty for a week at a time. Although well known in his
    own circles, Dodi Al Fayed was not a public figure and was not generally recognised
    in the street. His bodyguards described their work before his relationship with the
    Princess of Wales in fairly routine terms.
    On Friday 8 August 1997 the Princess of Wales flew to Bosnia in support of the
    United Nations landmines campaign, returning on Sunday 10 August 1997.
    She then took a short break with her friend the Honourable Rosa Monckton. They
    spent five days between 15 and 20 August 1997 cruising the islands of Greece in Rosa
    Monckton’s boat. According to Rosa Monckton, the media did not trace them on this
    cruise as it was such a small boat and no one was aware that the Princess of Wales of
    was on board.
    The Princess of Wales flew back to England on Wednesday 20 August 1997. Dodi Al
    Fayed during this time had spent some time in Los Angeles.
    On Friday 22 August 1997, the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed again flew to
    Nice to rejoin the yacht, the ‘Jonikal’. They cruised the Mediterranean coasts of
    France, Monaco and Sardinia. Two bodyguards, Trevor Rees-Jones and Kieran
    Wingfield, accompanied them during this time.
    Police Personal Protection Officers were not provided for any of the Princess of
    Wales’ holidays with Dodi Al Fayed, as they were private trips.
    Saturday 30 August 1997
    On Saturday 30 August 1997 the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed flew from
    Olbia airport in Sardinia to Le Bourget airport on the outskirts of Paris, arriving at
    about 3.20pm.
    Trevor Rees-Jones, Kieran Wingfield, René Delorm, (Dodi Al Fayed’s butler),
    Myriah Daniels (a holistic healer) and Deborah Gribble (Chief Stewardess on the
    Jonikal), accompanied them. Some paparazzi were waiting for the couple at Le
    Bourget airport and took photographs as they disembarked from the plane.
    At the airport two cars were waiting. Philippe Dourneau, an experienced and regular
    chauffeur for Dodi Al Fayed, drove the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed in a
    Mercedes S600 car. Trevor Rees-Jones accompanied them. This was not the car that
    was subsequently involved in the crash. The other people who had been on the flight
    were driven by Henri Paul in a Range Rover. There were differing accounts of how
    distracting the paparazzi were while following the couple on the drive into Paris from
    Le Bourget airport.
    In any event, Philippe Dourneau appears to have driven in a manner that prevented the
    paparazzi from following them. He took the couple to Villa Windsor, the house in the
    Bois de Boulogne belonging to Mohamed Al Fayed. Henri Paul, in the meantime,
    Page 7 INTRODUCTION
    took the occupants of his car and the couple’s luggage to the apartment in rue Arsène
    Houssaye.
    Henri Paul and Kieran Wingfield, having dropped the other members of the party at
    the rue Arsène Housssaye apartment, drove to Villa Windsor and met up with Dodi Al
    Fayed and the Princess of Wales.
    After a short stay at the Villa Windsor, Philippe Dourneau drove the Princess of
    Wales, Dodi Al Fayed and Trevor Rees-Jones to the Ritz Hotel, followed by Henri
    Paul in the Range Rover, arriving at the rear entrance in the rue Cambon.
    It was now around 4.30pm. During this visit to the Ritz Hotel, Dodi Al Fayed went to
    the Repossi jewellers shop in Place Vendôme. The shop is on the opposite corner of
    Place Vendôme, a short distance from the hotel. Claude Roulet, the assistant to the
    President of the Ritz Hotel, went ahead of Dodi Al Fayed and met him there. The
    details of this visit are discussed in Chapter One.
    The Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed left the Ritz Hotel at around 7pm, again
    driven by Philippe Dourneau, from the rear exit in the rue Cambon. They went to the
    apartment in rue Arsène Houssaye. The paparazzi followed them on this journey.
    Jean-François Musa now drove the Range Rover. He was the owner of a limousine
    company, Etoile Limousine, which had close links to the Ritz Hotel.
    Henri Paul stayed at the hotel as he was now off duty and he left the Ritz Hotel
    moments later.
    At the apartment there were again differing accounts of how difficult and intrusive the
    paparazzi were. There is evidence of a minor altercation between them and the staff
    looking after the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed. The couple stayed in the
    apartment until around 9.30pm, leaving for a pre-arranged dinner at the Chez Benoît
    restaurant situated at 20 rue Saint Martin, Paris. This restaurant is situated to the east
    of the city centre. The route there would involve driving past the area of the Ritz
    Hotel (map attached at Appendix 1).
    Philippe Dourneau again drove the Mercedes with the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al
    Fayed in the rear. Jean-François Musa continued to drive the Range Rover
    accompanied by Kieran Wingfield and Trevor Rees-Jones, as they wished to give the
    couple more privacy. Again there are differing accounts of how difficult the paparazzi
    were on this journey. En route to the restaurant Dodi Al Fayed told Philippe Dourneau
    to abandon the plan to go to the Chez Benoît and to drive to the Ritz Hotel instead.
    The couple arrived at the Ritz Hotel at about 9.50pm. On this occasion Philippe
    Dourneau drove directly to the front entrance in Place Vendôme. The Ritz staff had
    not been expecting them to return and the arrival of the Princess of Wales and Dodi
    Al Fayed at the hotel did not go smoothly. Some paparazzi upset the couple with their
    intrusive behaviour. At this point, a member of the Ritz Hotel security staff
    telephoned Henri Paul, as the Acting Head of Ritz Hotel security, to inform him of the
    couple’s unexpected return. Henri Paul, who had been off duty since 7pm, returned to
    the hotel within ten minutes of the telephone call, arriving shortly after 10pm.
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    Once inside the hotel the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed initially went to one of
    the hotel restaurants. They soon moved instead to the privacy of the Imperial Suite on
    the first floor, where they later dined.
    The Journey to the Alma Underpass
    The Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed stayed in and around the Imperial Suite
    until leaving the hotel at around 12.20am on Sunday 31 August 1997, intending to
    return to the apartment in rue Arsène Houssaye. Again they left via the rear exit in the
    rue Cambon.

    Henri Paul now drove the couple, who were in the back of a different Mercedes, an
    S280 saloon, registration number 688LTV75. Although not accredited as a chauffeur,
    Henri Paul had been on several Mercedes driving courses in Germany. The S280
    Mercedes belonged to Etoile Limousine and had been brought up from a car park
    under Place Vendôme. Trevor Rees-Jones was the front seat passenger.
    Philippe Dourneau and Jean-François Musa remained at the front of the hotel in Place
    Vendôme with the original Mercedes and the Range Rover, along with Kieran
    Wingfield. They were to attract the attention of the paparazzi away from the departure
    of the couple from the rear of the hotel. A short while after the couple left, both men
    drove their vehicles to the rue Arsène Houssaye apartment, unaware of what then
    happened in the Alma underpass.
    How it was decided that Henri Paul should drive this vehicle from this exit is
    discussed in full in Chapter Four.
    Again there are differing accounts of the behaviour of the paparazzi and the effect
    they may have had on Henri Paul’s driving. Once the paparazzi realised that the
    couple had left by the rear exit they were quickly in pursuit. Indeed a small number of
    the paparazzi had been covering the rear exit in any event.
    Henri Paul drove along the rue Cambon to the junction with rue de Rivoli, then turned
    right heading into the Place de la Concorde. After being held at traffic lights there, he
    continued towards the embankment road of the River Seine, avoiding the more direct
    route of the avenue des Champs-Elysées.
    He drove along the embankment road, Cours la Reine, Cours Albert 1er, passing
    under the Alexandre III tunnel. Philippe Dourneau, the chauffeur, described this as the
    professional drivers’ route, to avoid the heavy traffic of the avenue des Champs-
    Elysées on Saturday night. However, the obvious route after the Alexandre III tunnel
    is an exit slip road to the right, leading to the avenue George V or the avenue
    Marceau. Henri Paul did not take this slip road, but continued towards the Alma
    underpass. It has not been established with total certainty why Henri Paul made this
    decision, but eyewitness evidence placed a number of vehicles travelling close to the
    Mercedes at this point.
    There is forensic evidence that at some point the Mercedes car had a glancing contact
    with another car, believed to be a white Fiat Uno. The French investigation did not
    identify this car or the driver.
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    The Mercedes crashed directly into the thirteenth pillar of the central reservation in
    the Alma underpass. The car spun around and came to a stop facing the opposite
    direction.

    Operation Paget, using laser techniques to capture precise data, has recreated an
    extremely detailed computer representation of the Alma underpass and its approach.
    Collision investigators of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the United
    Kingdom Transport Research Laboratory Ltd (TRL) have used this model to interpret
    the physical evidence left at the scene of the crash, such as tyre marks; the spread of
    vehicle debris; and vehicle dynamics. This provides an understanding of the
    movement of the Mercedes as it approached and entered the underpass, supported by
    the physical evidence. This understanding has been enhanced by a comprehensive
    technical examination of the Mercedes S280 that was involved in the crash. These
    findings and conclusions form part of Chapters Six and Seven.
    Dodi Al Fayed and Henri Paul were pronounced dead at the scene. The Princess of
    Wales was still alive following the crash but barely conscious. She was taken to the
    Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital. Following emergency surgery she was pronounced dead at
    4am local time. Trevor Rees-Jones was taken to the same hospital with very serious
    injuries and after extensive treatment was released on Friday 3 October 1997.
    Following external medical examinations by a French court appointed medical expert,
    the bodies of the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed were repatriated to England
    later that day. The Princess of Wales’ body had been embalmed in Paris. This is
    discussed in detail in Chapter Nine.
    Post-mortem examinations were carried out on the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al
    Fayed at Hammersmith and Fulham Mortuary on the evening of Sunday 31 August
    1997. The cause of death for both was attributed to the catastrophic injuries sustained
    in the crash.
    An autopsy had been carried out on Henri Paul at the Institut Médico-Légal (IML) in
    Paris at around 8am on Sunday morning. Again the cause of death was attributed to
    injuries he sustained in the crash. The issues arising from his autopsy, namely the
    samples taken and toxicological analyses, are discussed in detail in Chapter Four.
    The Police Investigation Report
    The French investigation began immediately after the crash. The parameters and
    conclusions have been outlined earlier at page two.

    This report looks at the criminal investigation undertaken by the MPS into the
    allegation of conspiracy to murder.
    Mohamed Al Fayed has made claims in support of the allegation of conspiracy to
    murder over a number of years. These have been made in legal submissions, in letters
    to Operation Paget, and other forms of communication. This has included regular
    meetings between his team and Operation Paget. Mohamed Al Fayed provided a
    witness statement to police in July 2005.
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    Some claims are very similar but have slight differences as they have been amended
    by Mohamed Al Fayed over time as new information has come to light. The claims
    have been grouped together into specific subject areas, listed chronologically where
    possible, and sourced.
    Operation Paget has tried to examine all relevant evidence relating to the identified
    claims in order to address all of the questions raised by Mohamed Al Fayed.
    There are sixteen subject areas. These are aligned as far as possible to the different
    strands of the conspiracy allegation and each has a separate chapter in this report. The
    chapters taken together look at the allegation of conspiracy to murder. In broad terms
    they examine three key areas: motive, opportunity and capability.
    Chapter One focuses on the key element of motive. Why would anyone want to kill
    the Princess of Wales or Dodi Al Fayed? What evidence is there that the couple were
    engaged, intending to get engaged and about to make a public announcement? What
    evidence is there that the Princess of Wales was, or perhaps more importantly
    believed, she was pregnant? What evidence is there that, if true, this was sufficient
    cause for anyone to order her murder?
    The subsequent chapters examine in detail the events leading up to the weekend of
    Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August 1997. They assess who knew sufficient details of
    the plans, timings and movements of the Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed to
    organise and carry out a plan of such complexity.
    When assessing evidence relating to events around the Alma underpass this report
    focuses on the evidence relevant to the conspiracy allegation. The Coroner will be
    responsible for hearing the evidence to answer the four primary questions of who,
    when, where and how, in relation to a person’s death.
    Report Layout
    The Chapters are:

    1. Relationship/Engagement/Pregnancy
    [Paget Note: The alleged motive for the conspiracy]
    2. Perceived Threats to the Princess of Wales

    3. Actions of the Paparazzi in Paris

    4. Henri Paul - Ritz Security Officer and Driver of the Mercedes car
    5. CCTV/Traffic Cameras in Paris
    6. Mercedes Car

    7. Blocking Vehicles / Unidentified Vehicles / Bright Flashes (The Journey to the
    Alma Underpass)
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    8. Post-Crash Medical Treatment of the Princess of Wales
    9. The Embalming of the Body of the Princess of Wales at the Pitié-Salpêtrière
    Hospital
    10. Actions of the French Authorities

    11. Actions of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office/British Embassy, Paris
    12. British Authorities’ Actions With Regard To ‘Suspicious Deaths’
    13. Bodyguards of Mohamed Al Fayed (Trevor Rees-Jones, Kieran Wingfield and
    Reuben Murrell)
    14. ‘James’ Andanson – French Photojournalist and Owner of a White Fiat Uno
    15. Central Intelligence Agency/National Security Agency, USA
    16. The Secret Intelligence Service and the Security Service
    Each of these chapters comprise three parts:
    (i) The claims made to support the allegation
    (ii) The evidence
    (iii) Operation Paget conclusions
    British police investigations conducted in France have to be authorised by the French
    authorities, normally through an International Letter of Request under Mutual Legal
    Assistance.
    British police officers are not permitted to conduct enquiries themselves but can be
    present whilst French Judicial Police officers conduct the enquiries on their behalf.
    This applies to the taking of witness evidence. The record of these interviews
    conducted in French is known as a Procès-Verbal and is different in style and format
    to an English witness statement. This difference in style will be seen when reading the
    report.
    The claims at the beginning of each chapter are direct lifts from source documents or
    have been made in interviews to camera. The wording may have been abridged to
    assist the reader in understanding the key points.
    Operation Paget has assessed all relevant statements and documents and has included
    excerpts only where considered necessary. Excerpts from statements or other
    documents shown in italics are direct lifts and the language and spelling will reflect
    this.
    Evidence and opinion in the report is referenced and sourced.
    ‘Operation Paget Comments’ and ‘Paget Notes’ throughout the report are intended to
    assist the readers in their understanding of the evidence. These comments and notes
    are based on Operation Paget’s understanding of the issue.
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    Operation Paget will assess any new evidence from the inquest process. Any new
    evidence arising from legal actions by Mohamed Al Fayed in France will be assessed
    against the current conclusions in the report.
    A map of key locations is attached at appendix ‘A’
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    A lot of good basic information and maps in the report...but concludes with the UK Security Services saying 'trust me' we didn't even have her under surveillance [yeah, right!] and certainly know nothing [much less were involved] about an assassination......the Warren Report of the Diana Assassination :curtain:
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Lemkin View Post
    A lot of good basic information and maps in the report...but concludes with the UK Security Services saying 'trust me' we didn't even have her under surveillance [yeah, right!] and certainly know nothing [much less were involved] about an assassination......the Warren Report of the Diana Assassination :curtain:
    Thanks for taking the time to read this Peter. You saved me a lot of time. It looked like it was going to be rather different. It's hard to find any really good info on this case. I am taking a holiday day today to just read online so got bogged down in some of the Diana stuff...Boy one could easily spend months reading non stop at this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn Meredith View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Lemkin View Post
    A lot of good basic information and maps in the report...but concludes with the UK Security Services saying 'trust me' we didn't even have her under surveillance [yeah, right!] and certainly know nothing [much less were involved] about an assassination......the Warren Report of the Diana Assassination :curtain:
    Thanks for taking the time to read this Peter. You saved me a lot of time. It looked like it was going to be rather different. It's hard to find any really good info on this case. I am taking a holiday day today to just read online so got bogged down in some of the Diana stuff...Boy one could easily spend months reading non stop at this forum.
    Well, one can glean good information not easily found all in one place from within the 'Report'...I just would ignore the tone and conclusions. It is worth a look at.
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Here's some detail on the source of the new claims:

    Was Princess Diana MURDERED by British soldier? Metropolitan Police 'assessing credibility' of new claim made in court martial of SAS sniper Danny Nightingale

    Police 'scoping information' and 'assessing its relevance and credibility'
    The force has said it 'is not a re-investigation' into their deaths
    Diana, Dodi Al Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul died in Paris crash in 1997
    Inquest concluded in 2008 when jury returned verdict of unlawful killing


    By James Rush and Francesca Infante

    PUBLISHED: 17:24, 17 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:32, 18 August 2013 Daily Mail


    Scotland Yard last night said they were assessing the credibility of new information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed including an allegation that they were murdered by a member of the British military.

    It said it was 'scoping' the information, which surfaced in the second court martial of Sergeant Danny Nightingale, the SAS sniper convicted of illegally stashing a pistol and 338 bullets in his bedroom.

    The allegation was contained in a letter from the parents-in-law of Soldier N, Sgt Nightingale's former housemate, which was sent to the SAS's commanding officer in September 2011.
    Police have said they are 'assessing' information it has recently received in relation to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed

    Police have said they are 'assessing' information it has recently received in relation to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed

    It is understood the information was passed to the Metropolitan Police through the Royal Military Police.

    The letter says Soldier N claimed the SAS 'was behind Princess Diana's death' and it had been 'covered up', the Sunday People has reported.

    The letter said: 'He (soldier N) also told her (his wife) that it was XXX who arranged Princess Diana's death and that has been covered up.'

    A statement issued by Scotland Yard said: 'The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility.

    'The assessment will be carried out by officers from the specialist crime and operations command.

    'This is not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget.'

    Police said they are not prepared to discuss the matter further, while a royal spokeswoman said there will be no comment on the matter from Prince William or Prince Harry, or from Clarence House.
    Police said the deaths of Diana and Mr Al Fayed were 'thoroughly investigated' and examined by an inquest led by Lord Justice Scott Baker at the Royal Court of Justice in 2007 to 2008

    Police said the deaths of Diana and Mr Al Fayed were 'thoroughly investigated' and examined by an inquest led by Lord Justice Scott Baker at the Royal Court of Justice in 2007 to 2008

    Diana, Dodi and chauffeur Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed in the tunnel, which left the Ritz Hotel on the morning of August 31 1997.

    The hearing into the deaths of Diana and Dodi lasted more than 90 days with evidence from around 250 witnesses.

    The inquests concluded on April 7, 2008, with a jury returning a verdict that the 'People's Princess' and her boyfriend were unlawfully killed.

    After the hearing, Metropolitan Police said they had spent £8 million on services arising from the inquest and the Operation Paget investigation from 2004 to 2006.
    Diana, Mr Al Fayed (pictured) and chauffeur Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed in a tunnel in Paris on the morning of August 31, 1997

    Diana, Mr Al Fayed (pictured) and chauffeur Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed in a tunnel in Paris on the morning of August 31, 1997

    That money includes the cost of the legal team which represented the force's commissioner at the inquest, police protection for the inquest jury and paying for the Paget inquiry, reported to have cost £3.6 million.

    Former Met Police Commissioner Lord Stevens's Paget investigation was launched in 2004 at the request of Michael Burgess, the Royal Coroner, who was then overseeing the future Diana inquest.

    The former top policeman published his report in December 2006, rejecting the murder claims voiced by some, including Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed.

    Lord Stevens's investigation found that Diana was not murdered by British spies nor by the Duke of Edinburgh and she was not pregnant nor engaged to boyfriend Dodi.

    Operation Paget concluded, just like the French investigation in 1999, that driver Henri Paul was drunk and driving at excessive speed.

    The investigation dismissed the endless conspiracy theories sparked by the fatal accident.

    Mr Paul had an alcohol level of around 1.74 grams per litre at the time of the crash - about twice the British drink-drive limit.

    The black type S280 Mercedes was being driven through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris at around 61 to 63mph - twice the speed limit for that section of road.

    Lord Stevens said allegations that Diana was murdered were 'unfounded' and that he found nothing to justify further inquiries with members of the Royal Family.

    A spokesman for Mr al Fayed yesterday said he had no comment to make, but said he will be 'interested in seeing the outcome', adding that he trusts the Met will investigate the information 'with vigour'.

    The Ministry of Defence said tonight it was not commenting on the matter.
    The jury in the 2008 inquest concluded its verdict as 'unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes', the Met said

    The jury in the 2008 inquest concluded its verdict as 'unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes', the Met said

    Timeline of events leading to the Diana report
    Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed wait at the rear service exit of the Ritz Hotel in Paris on August 31, 1997

    August 31, 1997 - Diana, Dodi and their chauffeur Henri Paul die when their S280 Mercedes crashes in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris after leaving the Ritz Hotel. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones is badly injured but survives. A number of photographers and a press motorcyclist are held for questioning.

    September 1, 1997 - Analysis of blood samples indicate Paul was drunk.

    September 2, 1997 - French prosecutors open an official inquiry headed by Judge Herve Stephan. And Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed files a civil action in Paris and asks for a widening of the inquiry to include possible charges of violation of privacy against Dodi and Diana.

    September 6, 1997 - Diana's funeral is held at Westminster Abbey, watched by millions around the world. Her son Princes William and Harry walk through the streets behind her coffin.

    September 17, 1997 - Examination of debris found at the scene of the crash suggests the involvement of a white Fiat Uno. Identity checks are carried out on 40,000 Fiat Uno owners, but it is never found.

    March 1998 - Mr al Fayed tells investigators he believes the crash was part of a plot to kill Diana by MI6

    July 1999 - A French appeals court rejects a request by Mr al Fayed for further official inquiries into the crash.

    September 1999 - Judge Herve Stephan’s reports finds that that Diana and Dodi were killed because their chauffeur, Henri Paul, was driving at high speed under the influence of drink and anti-depressant drugs. The photographers and press motorcyclist are formally cleared of manslaughter charges. Mr al Fayed announces he will appeal.

    July 2000 - Mr al Fayed loses his High Court battle for joint, or concurrent, inquests into the deaths of Diana and Dodi.
    In July 1999 a French appeals court rejected a request by Mohammed al Fayed for further inquiries into the crash

    In July 1999 a French appeals court rejected a request by Mohammed al Fayed for further inquiries into the crash

    November 2001 - Mr al Fayed loses a £100,000 claim for damages over what he had called a ‘flawed’ part of the inquiry into Diana's death.

    October 2003 - Three photographers who snapped pictures of Diana and Dodi at the crash scene go on trial in Paris accused of invading the couple's privacy. They are cleared a month later.

    November 2003 - A privacy violation civil case, brought by Mr Fayed against three of the photographers who were following the Princess's car on the night she died,
    Lord Stevens released his report after three years of investigation - it concludes the couple and their chauffeur died in a traffic accident in a Paris underpass in August 1997

    Lord Stevens released his report after three years of investigation - it concludes the couple and their chauffeur died in a traffic accident in a Paris underpass in August 1997

    January 6, 2004 – Separate inquests into Diana and Dodi’s deaths are finally opened and adjourned. On the same day, the Daily Mirror publishes a letter from Diana to her butler Paul Burrell 10 months before her death in which she claimed her former husband, the Prince of Wales, was plotting to kill her in a crash.

    January 7, 2004 - Former royal coroner John Burton, who was present at the princess's autopsy, says she was not pregnant when she died. The Scotland Yard inquiry - codenamed Operation Paget - is stepped up.

    July 6, 2004 - The Diana memorial fountain opens in Hyde Park.

    August 2004 - A French court orders a new investigation into the alleged falsification of alcohol and drug tests on Henri Paul, his parents have always rejected the original post-mortem examination's findings.

    May 2005 - Detectives are said to have quizzed Britain's two most senior spy chiefs John Scarlett, the head of MI6, and Eliza Manningham-Buller, the MI5 director general.

    July 2005 - The wrecked Mercedes is brought to Britain for forensic examination..

    December 2005 - The Prince of Wales is finally questioned by Lord Stevens, signalling that the investigation is drawing to a close. He is said to have been asked if he ever plotted to assassinate the Princess.

    July 2006 - Royal coroner Michael Burgess quits the inquests, blaming a ‘heavy and constant’ workload. He is later replaced by Britain’s top female judge Lady Butler- Sloss

    December 2006 - Lord Stevens finally releases his report after three years of investigation – it finds that there was no conspiracy to murder the Princess lover and no cover-up afterwards. Instead it concludes that the couple and their chauffeur Henri Paul died in a simple traffic accident in a Paris underpass in August 1997. Lord Stevens stressed that if the Princess had been wearing a seatbelt she might have survived the crash.
    "It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
    "Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
    "They are in Love. Fuck the War."

    Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

    "Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
    The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war

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