Diana's death investigation : Role of UK military under lens


Scotland Yard is examining the 'relevance and credibility' of new information, allegedly that the British military was involved, in the deaths of...

London (PTI): Scotland Yard is examining the "relevance and credibility" of new information, allegedly that the British military was involved, in the deaths of Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and driver in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Scotland Yard did not elaborate on the information, or its source, but Sky News reported that it had come from the former parents-in-law of a former British soldier and had been passed on by the Royal Military police. However, The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that it was "not a re-investigation" into the deaths of the couple, who were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 along with their driver, Henri Paul.

The police said it is "scoping" the details and "assessing relevance and credibility" of the information.
The assessment would be carried out by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command, the police said.
The assessment did not come under Operation Paget, the police inquiry which investigated allegations that Diana and Dodi were murdered, a theory endorsed by Dodi's father Mohamed Al Fayed.

In December 2006, the Operation Paget report said it had found no evidence that the couple were murdered. Princess Diana, the former wife of the Prince of Wales and the mother of Princes William and Harry, was 36 when she died alongside Al Fayed, 42.

Paul was driving when their hired Mercedes crashed into a pillar in Paris's Pont de l'Alma tunnel. The crash happened after the couple had left the Ritz Hotel and were pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes. Al Fayed's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

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