Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Jurors rule Diana was unlawfully killed

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed by the actions of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi, an inquest jury found today.

The jury had been told that a verdict of unlawful killing would mean that they believed the reckless behavior amounted to manslaughter. It was the most serious verdict available to them.

The inquest investigating the 1997 Paris crash that killed her and Dodi lasted six months.

The jury had to decide if the deaths had been an accident, unlawful killing by negligence, or unexplained. They could not find they had been murdered.

Coroner Lord Justice Scott told the jurors they could not find the crash was an "unlawful killing by the Duke of Edinburgh or anyone else in a staged accident".

Lord Justice Scott Baker had previously had asked for unanimous verdicts on both deaths, but said a majority verdict could be accepted if the jury is deadlocked.

Conspiracy theories suggested by Dodi's father, Mohamed, about the deaths were without foundation, Lord Baker said.

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