U.K. police receive new information on Diana

AFP-JIJI

British police said Saturday they are examining new information about the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales, reportedly including an allegation that she was murdered by a British military figure.

Scotland Yard police headquarters said it is checking the credibility of recently received information about the deaths of the princess and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

They were killed in a car crash in a Paris underpass in the early hours of Aug. 31, 1997, along with their driver, Henri Paul.

Citing a military source, Britain’s domestic Press Association news agency said it understood the allegation was made by the former parents-in-law of an ex-soldier, based on information he had talked about in the past.

PA and Sky News television said the information had been passed to Scotland Yard by the Royal Military Police.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is scoping information that has recently been received in relation to the deaths and assessing its relevance and credibility,” Scotland Yard said. “The assessment will be carried out by officers from the specialist crime and operations command. This is not a reinvestigation and does not come under Operation Paget.”

Sky News said the new information includes references to Diana’s diary, and to the SAS, the British military’s elite Special Air Service.

Operation Paget was the two-year police inquiry into the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the crash. Led by John Stevens, formerly Britain’s top policeman, it concluded in 2006 that all the allegations it assessed were without foundation.

It rejected the murder claims voiced by some, including Fayed’s father, the Egyptian tycoon and former Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed.

Fayed, 42, and driver Paul — the deputy head of security at al-Fayed’s plush Hotel Ritz in Paris — were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Diana, 36, died later in a hospital.

Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, a member of the al-Fayed family’s protection team, survived. None of them had been wearing seat belts. Seeking to outrun chasing paparazzi photographers, Paul was found to have been speeding, while his blood alcohol level was found to have been more than three times over the French limit.