31/03/2008

Prince Philip Did Not Have Diana Killed: Coroner

There is "no evidence" that Princess Diana was murdered by MI6 at the behest of Prince Philip.

Speaking at the inquest into her death, the Coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker said that many of Mohammed Al Fayed’s conspiracy theories about the crash were "demonstrably without foundation".

In his summary, Lord Baker said: "Various proposition are not being pursued because there is not a shred of evidence to support them.

"Foremost among them is the proposition that Diana was assassinated by the secret intelligence service (MI6) on the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh."

Lord Baker has given the jury five verdicts to consider, including unlawful killing by grossly negligent driving, and said: "I have determined that it is not open to you to find that this was unlawful killing of by the Duke of Edinburgh or anyone else in a staged accident."

More than 250 people gave evidence during the six months of the inquest, which has cost in the region of £7 million.

Lord Baker added that some witnesses "told lies in the witness box or elsewhere" naming Paul Burrell as one of them.

If the jury is unable to reach a decision it could return an open verdict.

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were killed in a collision in a tunnel under the Place de l'Alma in the centre of Paris on 31 August, 1997.

(DS)




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