Fayed reveals ‘assassination’ theory at Di’s inquest

November 14th, 2007 - 10:17 am ICT by admin  
For the first time, Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed’s attorney, Michael Mansfield QC sketched how the Harrods boss is convinced that his son and the princess were intentionally assassinated as they drove through Paris.

Mansfield proposed that the couple’s Mercedes, driven by French chauffeur Henri Paul, was blocked by two cars - a white Fiat Uno and another dark car - on purpose.

Simultaneously there was a sudden, bright light, potentially from a military-style anti-personnel flashgun, which confused Paul and caused him to crash.

Princess Diana, Dodi and Paul died when their Mercedes 280S smashed into a support pillar of the Pont de l’Alma underpass in Paris on the night of August 31, 1997.

Senior police accident investigator Sgt Anthony Read claimed the crash was an accident that occurred due to a number of disparate factors, primary among which was that Paul, who was speeding at well over 60 mph, had to swerve to avoid a white Fiat Uno that had suddenly joined the road ahead him.

However, while cross-examining Sgt Read in London’s High Court, Mansfield outlined his shocking alternative theory of what happened.

He asked Read, “You are aware that Princess Diana expressed on a number of occasions that one of her fears was that she would be either killed or seriously injured with a head injury or some kind of car accident?”

He went on to say that it would be “utterly possible” to purposely engineer a fatal crash intended to look like a car accident in the Paris tunnel.

Mansfield claimed that besides the white Fiat Uno, which was blocking right hand lane of the dual carriageway, French witness Gaelle l’Hostis saw a larger, “dark-coloured” car, similar to a Citroen Berlingo blocking the left hand lane.

He said these vehicles would “provide a severe impediment for the Mercedes”, adding: “if the left hand lane has got a dark, blocking car in front then he (Paul) has really got a problem.”

He alleged that the Princess’s car was also being pursued by a high-speed motorcycle, which, according to him, did not belong to a paparazzi photographer, but rather to “others who were in pursuit to engineer or cause a loss of control.”

According to Mansfield, the sudden flash of light, which he said might not have come from a simple camera flashgun, was the final distracting element.

“A bright flash would quite clearly provide a serious distraction for a driver already under pressure from motorcycles and blocking vehicles. It might be the last straw for someone trying to control the vehicle,” the Daily Mail quoted Mansfield, as saying.

“A flash could arise from a number of sources: either from the existence of a flash camera; alternatively are you aware of anti-personnel flash guns? It could arise from areas such as that,” he added. (ANI)

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