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Diana Inquest Wraps Up

  • April 1st, 2008
  • Posted by Emma Cillekens

skypediaorg.jpgAfter close to six months and more than 250 witnesses the Diana Inquest officially came to a close yesterday (31.3.08).

The judge wrapped up the investigation into Princess Diana’s death, leaving the jury with a tough decision.

Over the course of the 10-million-pound trial the jury heard statements from friends, family, faith healers, spies, bodyguards, police chiefs and butlers.

They are expected to retire tomorrow (2.4.08) to consider their verdict.

They’ll have to decide if it was an accident, or if there’s evidence of a plot.

Throughout the inquest there were many notable moments… most from Mohamed al-Fayed, father of Dodi who died alongside Diana.

Like when the Harrods owner pointed the finger of blame at the British “Royals”, at one point suggesting Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, was a “Nazi” and “racist”.

Others to remember included the moment when Diana’s former Butler, Paul Burrell, told the inquest her mother had called her a whore for dating Muslim men.

Why Did it Take So Long… and Where To From Here?

Diana and her lover Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997, but the inquest only came before the courts this year.

Why the wait? And why the trial?

Under British law, when someone dies an unnatural death an inquest is needed to determine the cause of death.

The reason for the delay was that Britain had to wait for the French legal process to unwind, and then for a British police investigation to finish.

The police investigations on both sides of the Channel found the crash had been a tragic accident because the chauffeur Henri Paul was drunk and driving too fast.

The judge in Britain will now look for a unanimous decision from the jury and, failing that, will settle for a majority verdict, court officials said.

Reference:

Reuters. “The Diana Inquest”. http://uk.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/diana (31.3.08)
Reuters “Judge Wraps Up Diana Inquest” http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKL2783963120080330 (30.3.08)

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