- A bizarre legal loophole in French law enables the authorities
to suppress vital evidence.
- Since she was killed in the Paris car crash eight years
ago, the identities of 24 bodies placed in the same mortuary as the Princess's
chauffeur, Henri Paul, have never been revealed.
- Sources close to the investigation believe blood from
one of the bodies may have been swapped with Paul's to make it appear he
had been drinking heavily on the night he drove himself Diana and Dodi
Fayed to their deaths.
- A Daily Express investigation has heard allegations that
secret agents were behind a plan to switch Paul's blood samples with those
of a suicide victim, who died in Paris in August, 1997. Yesterday a judicial
spokesman admitted that French death certificates do not show a cause of
death and that, apart from close family requests, all information remains
confidential for 100 years.
- "Even if the identities of the others in the morgue
were made public, there is no possibility of us knowing how they died,"
said the spokesman.
- In France there is no central registry corresponding
to the General Registry Offices in Britain.
- Because of the legal technicality, the French authorities
can keep information concerning the other 24 bodies secret for another
- A spokesman for the Paris Medical Institute, which runs
the French capital's mortuaries, explained: "Records of anyone who
has died in the past 100 years are confidential and can only be shown to
- The heavy bureaucracy prompted by France's extremely
strict privacy laws, means the truth behind the Princess's death may now
remain a secret until 2097.
- The legal block means that repeated requests for information
about the other 24 bodies, both from the al Fayed family and the former
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens - who is conducting an inquiry
into the deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed - have fallen on deaf ears.
- Last night a spokesman for Mohamed al Fayed in Paris
said: "We have struggled for years to establish the identity and cause
of death of the 24 other bodies in the morgue that night.
- "It cannot be right that no record has been made
of their identities or of the causes of their deaths. This just reaffirms
our belief that there is an orchestrated cover-up.
- "Until anybody can prove otherwise, we believe that
Diana was murdered."
- Following the Daily Express revelations about Henri Paul's
blood tests earlier this week, we asked if readers believed that the authorities
were telling the truth about Diana.
- Ninety-six per cent of readers said "No", with
just four per cent saying "Yes".
- Mohamed al Fayed said: "I will fight to my last
breath to ver the truth about the death of Diana and my son.
- "It was more than just a tragic accident. I take
strength from readers poll. They obviously to know the truth as well."
- Those who believe that Diana's death was the result of
a plot to murder her have questioned French claims that Paul was three
times over the drink-driving limit on the night the Princess and Dodi Fayed
- They believe that MI6 agents and their French counterparts
played a major role in developments immediately after the crash. The Daily
Express revealed earlier this week that Paul's body was taken to the Place
Mazas mortuary and placed alongside the other 24 bodies.
- It is claimed that blood samples from a suicide victim
may have been swapped with Paul's blood on the orders of the security services.
- This would explain why the readings for alcohol and carbon
monoxide were so high. In addition to the blood-alcohol reading, the tests
carried out by forensic toxicologists showed such high levels of carbon
monoxide 20.7 per cent - that Paul would have been unable to stand, let
alone drive the Princess from the Ritz hotel.
- A suicide victim who had drunk a bottle of whisky and
then attached a hosepipe to their car exhaust as a' method of killing themselves
would have given exactly the same readings in their blood.
- Adding weight to the contention of Dodi's father Mohammed
that there has been a major cover-up by both MI6 and the French equivalent,
the DGSE, the French authorities have repeatedly refused to reveal who
the other 24 bodies in the mortuary were.
- They have also resisted repeated requests by Paul's family
to reveal whether any were suicide victims and the results of any blood
tests carried out on them.
- Just like Dumblain - the evidence is sealed for 100 years.
Don't hold your breath expecting, as the Express suggests, we can bring
pressure on the UK government to force the French to reveal the evidence.
Those involved are in the highest positions of power, both here and overseas.
The spiders web is London!! Nothing will change - this is too big.