Al Fayed To Sue US
Government In Death Of
Son Dodi & Princess Diana

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 accident."
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 last September.
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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