Human rights court rejects Mohamed Al-Fayed case against France over Diana death

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3 October 2007, STRASBOURG (AFP) - A bid by Mohamed Al-Fayed to have the European Court of Human rights consider a case against France over the 1997 death of his son Dodi and Princess Diana was rejected by the court Tuesday.

3 October 2007

STRASBOURG (AFP) - A bid by Mohamed Al-Fayed to have the European Court of Human rights consider a case against France over the 1997 death of his son Dodi and Princess Diana was rejected by the court Tuesday.

The court ruled that the complaint was inadmissible, saying that the French authorities had given Al-Fayed every chance to put his case and that they had carried out an adequate investigation into the Paris car crash.

"While the applicant complained about certain aspects of the judicial investigation, he had availed himself of the opportunity to raise the various issues and the refusals he had met with did not, as such, call into question the effectiveness of the investigations, as a whole, by the French authorities," said the ruling.

French judge Herve Stephan ruled in 1999 that Henri Paul, the driver of the car that crashed, killing himself, Diana and Dodi, was drunk and under the influence of anti-depressants.

An 800-page report by Britain's Lord John Stevens released last December rejected Al-Fayed's claim that the British security services, at the behest of Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, conspired to murder Diana and Dodi.

As an inquest into the deaths opened in London Tuesday, Al-Fayed repeated his allegations outside the High Court.

AFP

Subject: French news

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