Jury shown paparazzi pics of a dying Diana

November 14th, 2007 - 2:05 am ICT by admin  
Close-up photographs of the princess were taken by the paparazzi as she lay fatally injured in the wreckage of the Mercedes, after the crash in the Pont d’Alma tunnel in Paris on Aug 31 1997.

The majority of the paparazzi images came from negatives seized by the police following the crash.

The images of Diana were pixellated but her blonde hair and the side of her face could be seen inside the car, while some pictures also showed French emergency doctor Frederic Mailliez tending to her.

One picture by photographer Laslo Veres seemed to show Diana on the floor in the back of the car, with one leg raised. Another showed photographer Romuald Rat next to the open door of the Mercedes shortly after the crash.

Several images showed emergency workers carrying a slumped figure away from the vehicle. he coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, said the photographs would not be made public “for the reason that it is possible for pictures that have been pixillated to be un-pixillated if they get into certain hands”.

But he did release a series of other paparazzi images showing the moments before Diana and Dodi got into the back of the black Mercedes.

The jury at London’s High Court was told that the paparazzi had “no compunction” in taking shots of the dying Princess.

Inspector Paul Carpenter, of the Metropolitan Police, explained the sequence in which the pictures were taken as the jury sat in absolute silence.

Michael Mansfield QC, representing Dodi’s father Mohamed Fayed, questioned the officer, asking: “It is perfectly clear from the photographs the jury has been through that the paparazzi who were present at the scene of the crash had no compunction about taking photographs of the victims both inside the car and being carried outside the car?” arpenter replied: “None whatsoever.”

Earlier, the jury heard a statement from a French motorist, Thierry Hackett, who described seeing the Mercedes swerving from one side of the road to another at 70mph closely pursued by at least four paparazzi on motorbikes.

Another witness spoke of the underpass being lit up by ‘bluish flames’ as the paparazzi camera flashlights captured the grisly scene - and his shock that none of them appeared to be trying to help the stricken occupants inside the Mercedes.

The inquest started at the beginning of last week and is expected to last up to six months. Earlier this week the jurors travelled to Paris to familiarize themselves with the scene of the crash and the Ritz hotel. (ANI)

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