Saturday, 29 March 2008

The unsolved history of Princesa Diana's Death

On August 31st 1997 (Malaysia Day, and i was 12 years old), the entire world was shocked to learn of the tragic death of Princess Diana. Her car hit a concrete pillar at high speed in the Pont de L'Alma tunnel in Paris.

A two-year investigation in France, the longest and most expensive car accident inquiry in history, headed up by Judge Herve Stephan, concluded that Diana died under tragic but mundane circumstances - dangerous speeding by a drunk driver. Henri Paul - the chauffeur - was three times over the legal limit for alcohol and had traces of anti-depressants in his blood. But was it this simple?

Seven photographers and a driver were arrested and accused of contributing to the death of Diana, Dodi and Henri Paul. But France's highest court dismissed charges of manslaughter against the paparazzi, who were pursuing the princess's car.

There's also the mysterious white Fiat Uno zigzagging out of the tunnel in Paris, just seconds after the crash. Eyewitnesses told police the driver was a man of about 40 years of age, with a big dog in the back of his car.

Although shards of rear lights and traces of paint found on the Mercedes S280 pointed to a Fiat Uno, extensive investigations to find the car have so far been unsuccessful.

The most crucial witness and sole survivor, Trevor Rees-Jones, had serious head and face injuries and suffered from amnesia for several months afterwards.

In a newspaper interview, Rees-Jones said he saw two cars and a motorbike following the Mercedes. During sessions with a psychiatrist he remembered that Diana called out for Dodi after the impact.

Diana's death is shrouded in mystery and many people seem to instinctively refuse to accept the official version of events.

P/S: She was one of the most beautiful Princess.

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