- WASHINGTON (AFP) - Egyptian
tycoon Mohammed Al Fayed is to sue the CIA and other US government agencies
in connection with the deaths of his son Dodi and Britain's Princess Diana,
his lawyer Mark Zaid said here Wednesday.
- Zaid said the suit against the Central Intelligence Agency,
National Security Agency, Defense and Justice Departments was seeking information
including telephone records related to the deaths.
- "The lawsuit that will be filed tomorrow seeks information
relative to the tragedy itself, on individuals both deceased and alive,
and particularly trying to understand what the US knows or knew or has
primarily failed to do," Zaid told a press conference.
- The suit alleges that the CIA and other agencies were
involved in a coverup of a plot to kill the lovers, Zaid said.
- The suit is to be filed in US District court here on
the third anniversary of the August 31, 1997 deaths of Dodi, Princess Diana
and chauffeur Henri Paul during a high-speed car crash in Paris.
- "No one suspects that the US was involved in the
deaths," said Zaid.
- "What we accuse them of is witholding information
from Al Fayed and from the public."
- Al Fayed, owner of London's Harrods department store,
has maintained that Dodi and Princess Diana were murdered in a plot to
prevent them from marrying.
- John MacNamara, Dodi's former chief of security, told
the press conference that "for Mr Fayed, this was no ordinary traffic
- On his web site, Al Fayed speaks of the alleged conspiracy,
saying: "It is my firm belief that Britain's racist establishment
found the relationship (between Dodi and the princess) utterly unacceptable,
and so conspired with the intelligence services to have them killed."
- Fayed has long been at odds with the British establishment
after being repeatedly refused citizenship.
- He has rejected the conclusions of a two-year investigation
in France that blamed chauffeur Paul for the crash, saying he was drunk,
under medication and speeding when the Mercedes smashed into a pillar on
the Alma road tunnel in central Paris.
- Fayed, who also owns the Ritz Hotel in Paris, is appealing
the ruling by the French investigating judges.
- Fayed asserts that Paul was sober, saying that a blood
sample puportedly containing alcohol and drug traces was not his. It was
switched to cover up the "murder," he believes.
- "What happened to Diana and what happened to my
son is murder, and I'm not going to keep quiet until I get to the truth,"
Fayad said shortly after he filed the appeal against the French findings
- Fayed had sought US documents related to the deaths through
subpoena last year but without success.
- "A court in Washington DC has ordered the CIA to
hand over the documents, but they have not complied," Fayed said on
his web site.
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