With former Metropolitan Chief of Police, John Stevens expected to deliver his inquiries findings soon and with mounting public scepticism over the official explanation for Diana’s death, the powers that be have been forced to change their story a little. In the latest version it has finally been acknowledged that her death was not the result of a simple road accident but an assassination. However, the ‘real target’ was not Diana but Dodi al Fayed, which conveniently shifts the burden of guilt to “mercenaries working for Arab arms dealers”.
Will the public buy this line? Your guess is as good as mine but certainly the correspondent who sent this in wasn’t buying it and we don’t think many others will either. What’s more it’s also an indication that the powers that be are getting worried about the public waking up to the fact Diana’s death was not an “accident”. As next year a ‘Diana concert’ will be held where no doubt crocodile tears will be shed for public consumption. Ed.
Peter Allen – Sunday Express November 26, 2006
Princess Diana may have been led to her death at the hands of assassins who wanted to murder Dodi Fayed.
The killers were believed to be mercenaries working for Arab arms dealers.
They wanted her boyfriend Dodi to attend a meeting in a Paris office block.
Diana had agreed to travel to the late-night rendezvous alongside Dodi. She would protect him against business enemies who might want to harm him.
Instead, their saloon veered into an underpass pillar at high speed, killing them and their driver, Henri Paul.
The well-sourced revelations have been described as being of “major interest” by those investigating the tragedy in August 1997.
Until now nobody has been able to explain why the Mercedes the couple were travelling in took such a circuitous route from the Ritz Hotel to their presumed destination, Dodi’s apartment next to the Arc de Triomphe.
When the car crashed in the Alma tunnel, on the banks of the River Seine, it was heading in a different direction.
Francis Gillery, one of France’s most respected investigative journalists, has laid out details of the plot in a new book, Diana: The Ghost Of The Alma Tunnel, to be published in the UK in the spring.
Mr Gillery said the Mercedes was heading for Passy Kennedy, a nondescript Eighties building in Avenue du President Kennedy.
He said American satellites had picked up details of the plot through mobile phone interceptions. These are currently being studied by British officers working on Operation Paget, the £4million inquiry into Diana’s death.
“The French intelligence services knew there was a plot being mounted against Dodi Fayed thanks to their agents in Paris, but most of all thanks to the telephone bugging of Nasa passed on to them by the CIA,” said Mr Gillery.
The records show that Dodi, nominally a film producer but with a string of other commercial interests to his name, had been discussing his business dealings constantly.
While Diana had hoped to return to London following a yachting holiday in the South of France, it was Dodi who insisted they spend the weekend in Paris “to negotiate a business deal”.
On leaving the Ritz, Dodi was heard to shout: “I’m going to the Kennedy building, join me there.”
Dodi was in contact with a number of people on the night, including arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. The tycoon, now 71 and living in the tax haven of Monaco, was one of the first business partners of Dodi’s father, Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed.
Mr Gillery believes Dodi was taking instructions on the night from a Saudi businessman.
Mr Gillery said: “The aim of the meeting remains a mystery to this day, but I believe nonetheless that it was linked to transactions in the spheres of arms and petrol.”
Mr Gillery also concedes that there is every possibility that the meeting was never due to take place, and it was solely a pretext to lure Dodi into a trap.
A reference to the murdered President Kennedy was a sinister flourish adopted by the assassins.
At the time of his death Dodi, 41, had built up a reputation for being a bad creditor, and was taking his personal security extremely seriously.
Until now conspiracy theories concerning Diana’s death have always concentrated on the Princess herself.
But the part Dodi’s enemies may have played in the deaths has been completely overlooked.
Mr Gillery also thinks that the Mercedes electronics could have been interfered with so that it accelerated independently as it approached the tunnel, leaving Paul unable to brake.
“The technology to a create a kamikaze car has always been there,” said Mr Gillery.
But former Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Stevens, who is leading the British inquiry, has stressed the need to explore every new theory. His officers are expected to deliver their report shortly. An inquest into the tragedy will follow