Monday, April 07, 2008

Princess Diana unlawfully killed

Princess Diana was unlawfully killed due to the "gross negligence" of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi, an inquest jury has found. The jury reached the same verdict for her companion Dodi Al Fayed.

The jury also specified that Mr Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their deaths.

Mr Al Fayed's father Mohamed refused to accept the verdict. Former Met Police chief Lord Stephens said he hoped the verdict would bring "closure".

The inquest into the 1997 Paris crash that killed them and Mr Paul lasted six months.
The jury returned joint verdicts of unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving - or gross negligence manslaughter.

Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker thanked them for their "considerable devotion" to duty.

Princess Diana and Dodi was killed when Mr Paul crashed a hired Mercedes into a pillar in the Pont de l'Alma in Paris in the early hours of 31 August, 1997.

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