Special forces sniper who claimed SAS assassinated Diana by shining light into her driver’s face ‘has fled Britain’

  • Solider N was due to be interviewed by Scotland Yard for new investigation
  • Said to have left the country on Monday and Tuesday and maybe in the UAE
  • Comes after his claims that the crash was a ‘hit’ ordered by an elite unit
  • Sources say he may have fled because of the ‘pressure’

By WILLS ROBINSON

PUBLISHED: 11:27 GMT, 22 September 2013 Claims: Scotland Yard were set to interview the solider before he allegedly left the country

Claims: Scotland Yard were set to interview the solider about his alleged claims over Diana’s death before he allegedly left the country

The SAS soldier who made astonishing claims Princess Diana was murdered by special forces has apparently fled Britain just days before he is set to be questioned by police.

The former sniper, known only as soldier N, is said to have left the country as Scotland Yard launches a new investigation into the Princess’ death.

He allegedly told his wife that a member of an elite unit shone a light in her chauffeur’s face causing him to crash in August 1997.

The wife claimed her husband had told her the ‘hit’ had been instructed by someone in the  royal inner circle because they did not approve of Diana’s relationship with Fayed.

Soldier N was due to meet Scotland Yard’s DCI Philip Easton but is understood to have left the country on Monday or Tuesday.

A source close to the investigation told The Sunday People: ‘Soldier N is key to this inquiry as he is the person who made the claims about Diana’s murder.

‘Pressure on him has been mounting since the original story broke last month. He was aware police wanted to interview him.’

It is thought Soldier N may be have travelled to the United Arab Emirates while his partner and her children are still at their home in Hereford.

Scotland Yard reportedly decided to review the case, 16 years after Diana’s death in a Paris underpass, after interviewing the woman who insists her former husband’s claims were true.

She alleged a white car and motorbike were involved in the plot which enlisted the services of one of Soldier N’s former SAS colleagues.

When asked by officers why she hadn’t reported her husband’s theory earlier the woman said she had been sworn to secrecy.

In a dramatic twist, the investigation could also unearth recordings of the crash after security experts revealed Diana’s phone was bugged.

Soldier N is also alleged to have stolen money while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Claims: Soldier N allegedly told his wife about the 'hit' after he had taken Prince William on an advanced driving course in 2008

Crash: Soldier N allegedly told his wife about the ‘hit’ after he had taken Prince William on an advanced driving course in 2008

His wife reportedly told officers that when he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004, she was asked to pay 13,000 Iraqi dinars (around £7,000) into his personal bank account.

The conversation took place in 2011 but the couple have since separated. When the woman quizzed her husband about his theory he reportedly told her the SAS had been following Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, who was also killed in the accident.

The forthcoming investigation, which was prompted by the claims, will look into allegations from a  source in the UK security industry that GCHQ was remotely taping Diana and Dodi up until the moment of the crash.

A source told a national newspaper said Diana was a prime intelligence target, GCHQ operatives ‘would have wanted and had the capacity to listen live to the conversations in the car as it sped away from the Ritz.’.

Couple: Diana and Dodi pictured on CCTV at the Ritz Hotel in Paris just hours before the fatal crash

Couple: Diana and Dodi pictured on CCTV at the Ritz Hotel in Paris just hours before the fatal crash

At the time IRA terrorists were driving vehicles packed with explosives around the UK in plots to blow up city centres – and senior military commanders had to find a way to thwart them.

One source said: ‘The SAS had to develop a series of tactics for every eventuality. In the 1980s the IRA were driving bombs to targets around Britain.’

Diana, 36, Fayed, 42, and their driver Henri Paul, 41, were killed in the crash in 1997. The Princess’ bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was seriously injured.

Al Fayed’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed has always asserted the pair’s deaths were the result of a planned murder at the hands of the British Establishment and MI6, and similarly claims a white Fiat was involved in the crash but has never been traced.

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‘SAS assassinated Diana by shining light into her driver’s face’: Extraordinary claim by special forces soldier who gave William advanced driving lessons said to be reason why Scotland Yard has reopened case 

  • Claims made wife of former SAS soldier interviewed by Scotland Yard have prompted police to reopen case
  • Woman claims ‘individuals in royal inner circle’ instructed soldier to shine light into Paris tunnel to blind Diana’s driver and force him to crash
  • ‘Soldier N’ is said to have revealed theory after teaching Prince William how to drive in 2008
  • Investigation could unearth recordings of her final moments after security source reveals phones were bugged

By JENNIFER SMITH, CRAIG MACKENZIE and MIA DE GRAAF

PUBLISHED: 01:05 GMT, 15 September 2013 Claims: Scotland Yard is assessing allegations made by a soldier that Princess Diana was assassinated by the SAS

Claims: Scotland Yard has reportedly interviewed the wife of a soldier that said Princess Diana was assassinated by the SAS

An SAS soldier claimed Princess Diana was killed after a member of the elite unit shone a light in her driver’s face causing him to crash, it has been claimed.

The man, known only as Soldier N, is said to have made the astonishing allegations to his wife after taking Prince William on an advanced driving course in 2008.

Scotland Yard reportedly decided to review the historic case 16 years after Diana’s death in a Paris underpass, after interviewing the woman who insists her former husband was telling the truth.

And in a dramatic twist, the investigation could unearth recordings of the crash after security experts today revealed Diana’s phone was bugged.

It is understood the recent development comes after Soldier N’s ex-wife told police last month her husband revealed the secret when he was teaching William how to drive with SAS colleagues.

‘We were talking about it…and I said it was sad that his mum wasn’t there to see it.

‘Then he said one of the guys was responsible for the accident, for the death of Diana. I was shocked. I believed what he said’, the Sunday Mirror has reported.

When the woman quizzed her husband about his theory he reportedly told her the SAS had been following Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, who also died in the accident, and that a light was shone into the Paris tunnel before their car crashed.

When she asked him how anyone could do something like that he allegedly responded: ‘It’s an order, a job’s a job.’

The wife reportedly claimed her husband had told her the ‘hit’ had been instructed by individuals in the royal inner circle because they disapproved of Diana’s relationship with Fayed.

The forthcoming investigation will probe claims today from a key source in the UK security industry that GCHQ was remotely taping Diana and Dodi up until the moment of the crash.

The source told the Sunday Express the controversial couple had their phones tapped.

It follows news confirmed by a French inquiry that CCTV images of Diana’s final hours, supposedly lost, have been held in secret.

The source, who worked in ‘black ops’, told the paper: ‘There is no doubt that this technology was used on Diana and all around her, and for very human reasons she was regularly listened to live in the moment.’

He added, because she was a prime intelligence target, GCHQ operatives ‘would have wanted and had the capacity to listen live to the conversations in the car as it sped away from the Ritz.’

Diana, 36, Fayed, 42, and their driver Henri Paul, 41, were killed in the crash in 1997. The Princess’ bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was seriously injured.

Soldier N, a former sniper, told his former wife, who revealed the conversation to her own mother years later when asked who would possibly have carried out the murder.

Crash: Conspiracy theories have long surrounded Diana’s death in Paris in 1997 despite the official finding that it was an accident caused by paparazzi photographers

She alleged a white car and motorbike were involved in the plot which enlisted the services of one of Soldier N’s former SAS colleagues.

Al Fayed’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed has always asserted the pair’s deaths were the result of a planned murder at the hands of the British Establishment and MI6, and similarly claims a white Fiat was involved in the crash but has never been traced.

The woman and her mother reportedly met with detectives last month including a senior officer who worked on the original Operation Paget investigation into Diana’s death.

The two women offered convincing accounts of what caused the crash.

The soldier’s former wife insisted he had made the claims two years before the break up of their marriage at a time when he confided in her with full trust.

When asked by officers why she hadn’t reported her husband’s theory earlier the woman said she had been sworn to secrecy.

The woman’s mother first alerted authorities to the claims in September 2011 in a letter to Dyfed Powys Police after her daughter and son-in-law divorced.

She reportedly also wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron, Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond and army head General Sir Peter Wall about the Soldier N’s aggressive behavior following the break down of his marriage.

It is believed these correspondences contained details of the plot.

Though the woman claims to have received acknowledgements from Downing Street and General Wall, neither made any mention of Diana or any suspicion surrounding her death.

In 2011 Dyfed Powys Polcie seized a gun and ammunition from Soldier N’s marital home after his mother-in-law reported his tendencies for violent behavior.

Last journey: Diana leaves the Ritz Hotel shortly before her death in the Paris underpass

Last journey: Diana leaves the Ritz Hotel shortly before her death in the Paris underpass

Diana is pictured moments before the crash which the woman claims was caused after an SAS soldier shone a light into the eyes of driver, Henri Paul (right). Diana's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (left) was the accident's sole survivor

Diana is pictured moments before the crash which the woman claims was caused after an SAS soldier shone a light into the eyes of driver, Henri Paul (right). Diana’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (left) was the accident’s only survivor

The man was jailed for two years by a military court last May after admitting illegal possession of a firearm, but was freed in July and later discharged from service.

Later that month the man appeared in the court martial for his former SAS housemate, Danny Nightingale, 38, for illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition.

It was during this time the allegations about Diana’s death were revealed.

An inquest into the accident found Diana and Al Fayed died unlawfully as the result of gross negligence of driver, Henri Paul, who was said to have been drinking before the crash.

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Estranged wife of SAS soldier behind Princess Diana murder claims tells police she is ‘utterly convinced’ by his story

  • It has been claimed officers have interviewed wife of Soldier N ‘at length’
  • She has reportedly give a compelling account of his story
  • Soldier ‘claimed Diana’s driver Henri Paul was blinded by light’ before crash
  • Claims detailed in letter from his mother- in- law to police

By MARTIN ROBINSON and AMANDA WILLIAMS

PUBLISHED: 08:30 GMT, 5 September 2013

Claims: Scotland Yard is assessing allegations made by a soldier that Princess Diana was assassinated by the SAS

Claims: Scotland Yard has reportedly interviewed the wife of a soldier that said Princess Diana was assassinated by the SAS

The estranged wife of a SAS veteran who claims elite soldiers murdered Princess Diana has told Scotland Yard his story is ‘utterly convincing’, it emerged today.

The former sniper – known only as Soldier N – believes the Princess of Wales’ death 16 years ago in Paris was carried out by British special forces who then ‘covered it up’.

This morning it was revealed his former lover has been interviewed by the Metropolitan Police in a secret location and told detectives the military man is ‘telling the truth’.

Soldier N claimed driver Henri Paul was blinded by an intense flash of light moments before he lost control of their ­Mercedes and killed the Princess and her lover Dodi Fayed.

‘She was utterly convinced he was telling the truth when he said the SAS was involved in Diana and Dodi’s deaths,’  a source told the Daily Express.

‘It came out when there was no ­marital strife and when they were still friends.’

The Express reports that detectives travelled to a secret location to interview both his estranged wife and his mother-in-law last week.

Detective Chief Inspector Philip Easton is said to have questioned the sniper’s estranged wife at length. She reportedly had ‘total belief’ in his story and reportedly gave a ‘compelling account’ of her husband’s claims.

She denied the story that an SAS hit squad was involved in the deaths was ‘fantastic’, and said that the veteran had repeated the claims several times.

Diana, Dodi and their driver were killed when the Mercedes crashed in the Pont de L’Alma underpass in Paris in August 1997.

Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was critically injured but survived.

 

Princess Diana and with Dodi Fayed (pictured together on the night they died) were killed alongside Henri Paul when the car crashed in a Paris tunne

Princess Diana and with Dodi Fayed (pictured together on the night they died) were killed alongside Henri Paul when the car crashed in a Paris tunnel 

An inquest in 2008 found that Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were unlawfully killed due to the ‘gross negligence’ of driver Henri Paul, a security manager at the Paris Ritz Hotel, who had been drinking. But the families of Dodi and Mr Paul have long claimed it was a murder.

Soldier N’s credibility has been called into question, with Royal bodyguards and Met experts calling it a  ‘mystifying stunt’ based on ‘nonsense’ evidence.

He is currently in jail for illegally keeping guns at home, and was described by those who know him as a  ‘loose cannon’.

As well as hiding weapons in his house, in a ‘reign of terror’ on his family Soldier N allegedly attacked his son after mistaking him for the Taliban.

Soldier N is also accused of saying he could enlist the help of his colleagues to ensure his wife – the mother of his two children and the woman who defended his theory to police – would ‘disappear’.

His allegations surfaced in a letter linked to the trial of former sniper Danny Nightingale.

Revelation: The new claim emerged in connection with the trial of Danny Nightingale, pictured with his wife

Revelation: The new claim emerged in connection with the trial of Danny Nightingale, pictured with his wife

The families of Henri Paul and Dodi al Fayed (pictured with Princess Diana) have always believed there was a murder plot

The families of Henri Paul and Dodi al Fayed (pictured with Princess Diana) have always believed there was a murder plot

The document was written by the mother-in-law of ‘Soldier N’, Nightingale’s housemate, in September 2011 and sent to military prosecutors.

The eight-page correspondence claims Soldier N boasted it was the SAS that had ‘arranged Princess Diana’s death’ and that it had been ‘covered up’.

Sergeant Nightingale, 38, was found guilty last month of illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition at a Hereford house he shared with Soldier N.

Soldier N, who is serving a custodial sentence for possessing firearms at the same address, was originally reported to the police by his wife, from whom he is now separated.

The letter was sent to Soldier N’s commanding officer in September 2011 and passed to the Service Prosecuting Authority before the start of the Nightingale trial.

All references to the SAS were removed by the SPA.

The paragraph referring to the death of Diana says: ‘He also told her (his wife) that it was the XXX who arranged Princess Diana’s death and that has been covered up.’

Scotland Yard confirmed officers from its specialist crime and operations command are assessing information handed to it by the Royal Military Police. Pictured: The couple at the Ritz Hotel before they both died

The letter says Soldier N told his wife there is a ‘box which members of his unit use for private jobs’.

‘They put in the box the name, address and details of what they want done and then one of them who wants to earn extra money does that job.’

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Diana’s Death: Police Handed New Information

Scotland Yard says it is assessing new information on the death of Princess Diana to determine its "relevance and credibility".

5:38pm UK, Sunday 18 August 2013

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Video: ‘Mystery’ Over Princess Diana Information

New information that alleges Princess Diana was murdered has been passed to Scotland Yard through military sources, it has emerged.

The information, thought to include the allegation that the Princess of Wales, Dodi al Fayed and their driver were killed by a member of the British military, will be assessed by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command.

According to Sky sources it was given to the police by the former parents-in-law of a former soldier.

The deaths of Princess Diana and Mr al Fayed in Paris in 1997 were investigated and examined during a 90-day inquest led by Lord Justice Scott Baker at the Royal Court of Justice in 2007.

On April 7, 2008, the jury concluded their verdict as "unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes".

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Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed leaving the Ritz Hotel on August 31, 1997

The Metropolitan Police said its assessment was not a re-investigation and does not come under Operation Paget, the inquiry led by Lord Stevens into conspiracy theories surrounding Princess Diana and Mr al Fayed’s deaths.

A royal spokeswoman said there will be no comment on the matter from Prince William or Prince Harry, or from Clarence House.

After the inquest, the Metropolitan Police said it had spent £8m on services arising from it and the Operation Paget investigation from 2004 to 2006.

Former Met Police commissioner Lord Stevens published his report in December 2006, rejecting claims that Princess Diana and Mr al Fayed had been murdered.

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The wreckage of the Mercedes the pair were travelling in when it crashed

Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: "We understand this information includes an allegation that Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed and the driver of their car were killed by a member of the British military.

"The information we’re told was passed to Scotland Yard quite recently. It also includes, we understand, references to something known as Diana’s diary.

"These are very early days, the information has just come in, and Scotland Yard is adamant in saying that this is not a reopening of its investigation from 2004 when it spent three years looking into the circumstances of the Princess’ death.

"But it is taking the information seriously and it is considering and it is possible that a new investigation may open."

Princess Diana, Mr al Fayed and their driver Henri Paul died after the Mercedes crashed in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997.

Diana was 36 at the time of her death and Mr al Fayed, the son of former Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed, 42.

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Princess Diana police face arrest

TWO of Britain’s leading former police officers are wanted for questioning over allegations that they withheld crucial evidence about the car crash which killed Princess Diana.

By: Cyril Dixon, Padraic Flanagan and Mark Reynolds

Published: Fri, July 22, 2011

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Princess Diana predicted that she would be killed

A French judge wants to ask ex-Yard chief Lord Condon and Sir David Veness why they failed to disclose the existence of a note in which she predicted her assassination.

They could face international arrest warrants as suspects should they refuse to attend interviews in Paris, sources close to the investigation indicated last night.

The note, taken by Diana’s lawyer Lord Mishcon, was handed to the officers a few months after the 1997 Paris tunnel crash which also claimed the lives of Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed, son of tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed, and the pair’s chauffeur Henri Paul.

The highly-respected lawyer’s document records the line: “Efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure or whatever)…at least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced.”

Everyone assumed that with the end of the British inquest, the investigation into Diana and Dodi’s deaths was closed

It was more than three years later before it emerged that the officers had locked the note in Lord Condon’s safe at Scotland Yard. When Lord Condon stood down as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner his successor as Met Commissioner, Lord Stevens, continued to keep its existence a secret.

Under French law, “removing or concealing” evidence, which could “facilitate the discovery of a crime”, is punishable by three to five years in jail or a fine.

Now Paris-based Judge Gerard Caddeo is locked in a protracted battle with British authorities over his demand for interviews with Lord Condon and Sir David, a former assistant commissioner.

The explosive development means that the issue of whether the fatal crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris was an accident or murder is likely to be once more the subject of a controversial court case.

A source close to the Paris inquiry said: “Everyone assumed that with the end of the British inquest, the investigation into Diana and Dodi’s deaths was closed.

“But this has blown it wide open again. Judge Caddeo is determined to get to the bottom of what happened with the Mishcon note.

“The French courts will not allow this matter to rest and it is understood that if Lord Condon and Sir David refuse to attend Paris for an interview then Judge Caddeo will not hesitate to issue international warrants of arrest.”

At his home in Kent yesterday, Lord Condon refused to comment in detail on the Diana letter.

“I have not been asked to go to Paris,” he said. “There was discussion of all these things at the inquest and if there is anything else, you will have to speak to the legal affairs department at Scotland Yard. This is not the time or place for this.”

A Yard spokesman said: “We are not prepared to comment – we would have to refer you to the French authorities.”

The Daily Express understands that Judge Caddeo has been engaged in lengthy exchanges with Sylvie Petit-Leclair, a judge attached jointly to the French Embassy in London and the Home Office who assists in cross-Channel legal issues.

He has also written to a Home Office official, whose name is known to this paper, demanding she assist his bid to interview the officers. The Daily Express also understands that he has twice sent the same Home Office official ‘International Letters Rogatory’ – formal requests from a court to a foreign court for judicial assistance – in which he names Lord Condon and Sir David as suspects.

He also names Lord Stevens as a person he wishes to question. Judge Caddeo’s papers summarise the crucial accusation – that Scotland Yard and the British Embassy in Paris concealed the note made by Lord Mishcon from the French authorities investigating the crash.

The note would have made it more likely that the French would have opened a murder inquiry.

He states that the note reported that the Princess had been “informed by sources worthy of her trust” that an attempt was being made to “eliminate her in an orchestrated automobile accident.” Diana died on August 31, 1997, after the Mercedes she and Dodi Fayed were travelling in crashed following a high-speed chase as they tried to evade photographers.

A French investigation concluded that the crash was caused by driver Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Paris Ritz, losing control of the car at high speed while intoxicated. But the investigating authorities were unaware British police had the late Lord Mishcon’s note.

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Diana murdered, Al Fayed claims

By Global Research

Global Research, February 18, 2008

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed were murdered, Mohamed Al Fayed has told the inquest into their deaths in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

Mr Al Fayed, Harrods owner and father of Dodi, told the Royal Courts of Justice he would “make no allegations”.

However, he said Princess Diana “knew Prince Philip and Prince Charles were trying to get rid of her”.

The Harrods boss also said Diana had told him she was pregnant. “I am the only person they told,” he said.

‘Devastating note’

In his evidence, Mr Al Fayed branded Prince Philip a “Nazi” and a “racist” and said: “It’s time to send him back to Germany from where he comes.”

“You want to know his original name – it ends with Frankenstein,” he added.

The Harrods boss also raised concerns about a note written by Diana’s divorce lawyer Lord Mishcon after an October 1995 meeting. It outlined her fears there was a plot to kill her in a car crash.

My belief (they) were murdered was confirmed when I learned Lord Condon and Lord Stevens did not show the coroner the note
Mohamed Al Fayed

Lord Mishcon passed it on to police when the princess died in 1997, and after a meeting with the then Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Condon.

The police agreed to hand it to the coroner only after Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, produced a note from the Princess making similar allegations in the Daily Mirror in October 2003. By that time, Sir John Stevens led the Met.

Mr Al Fayed said this delay confirmed his “belief that my son and Princess Diana were murdered”.

He said the Commissioners “acted unprofessionally” and “must have no conscience”.

The note was “devastating” and explained Diana’s fears in “black and white”, he said.

Wooden box

Mr Al Fayed also told the jury that Diana told him in a telephone call that she was pregnant, and that the couple said they were engaged.

He read out a statement detailing his main concerns about the crash, and the points he felt the inquest should address.

Diana told him she kept a wooden box and if anything happened to her, the contents should be made public, he said. But it had not been kept safe by Diana’s butler Paul Burrell, or her sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

He also said blood samples apparently taken from driver Henri Paul – who was also killed in the crash – did not belong to the Frenchman.

Mr Al Fayed felt the murder was likely to have been carried out by photographer James Andanson, who has since died, on the orders of the security services.

Tape investigation

During his evidence, Mr Al Fayed held up a copy of Monday’s Sun newspaper, which claims Paul Burrell said he had not told the whole truth to the inquest.

He said of Mr Burrell: “He’s been sitting here in the witness box talking about baloney things. It’s important to bring him back.”

Lord Justice Scott Baker later told the court: “This is something that’s certainly being investigated.”

The coroner said he had called for the Sun’s tape and would want to know the circumstances under which it was obtained.

Mr Al Fayed broke down when asked about the moment he was told Dodi was dead.

He said someone from security told him, but when asked if he remembered a call from Ritz hotel president Frank Klein, he answered: “It’s difficult. I’d like to know why you are asking me things like that.”

Mr Klein has told the inquest he telephoned Mr Al Fayed to break the news and he replied: “This is not an accident.”

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Police investigating Princess Diana SAS murder inquiry contact Prince Charles

AN inquiry into claims that the SAS killed Princess Diana moved a step closer last night as Prince Charles was contacted by police.

By: John Twomey

Published: Fri, August 23, 2013

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Charles has been contacted by police analysing the claims about Diana’s death

Detectives also alerted Lord Justice Scott Baker, the senior judge who presided at her inquest.

As well as notifying Charles, officers approached Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died alongside Diana in a Paris car crash 16 years ago. The move means a proper investigation into the sensational claims is now far more likely.

Diana, 36, and Dodi, 42, were killed when their Mercedes crashed into a pillar in the Pont de l’Alma underpass on August 31, 1997.

At the 2008 inquest a jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing. Mr Al Fayed is convinced the lovers were murdered on the orders of the British Establishment, which then covered up the crime.

The former Harrods owner has not commented publicly on the allegations but sources close to Dodi’s family fear the claims might be “swept under the carpet” and dismissed without proper scrutiny.

They say only a full inquiry will remove any suspicion of a cover-up.

Scotland Yard has confirmed it is analysing the claims, made in a ­letter from the mother-in-law of an SAS sniper, but insists there is as yet no new investigation.

It is understood Charles was first informed about the allegations by a Palace aide shortly after the story broke on Saturday. Like Mr Al Fayed, the Royal Family have not commented publicly on the claims.

They are contained in a letter written by the mother-in-law of ­Soldier N – the housemate of fellow SAS sniper Danny Nightingale.

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An inquiry into the murder claims now seems far more likely

As well as notifying Charles, officers approached Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died alongside Diana

She claims the soldier told his wife the elite unit had “arranged” Diana’s death. The seven-page letter, which makes a number of bizarre and shocking allegations about her son-in-law, was written around the time Soldier N’s 13-year marriage fell apart in September 2011.

After one row, Soldier N’s wife told police her husband kept a live ­grenade in the garage of the home he shared with Sergeant Nightingale in Hereford.

Officers found the grenade and other weapons illegally held by both men in the semi-detached house. They were abroad on operations at the time of the police search.

The men were arrested and charged by the Royal Military Police when they returned home.

Soldier N was jailed for two years after he admitted possession of the hand grenade, stun grenades, a Glock pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Nightingale initially admitted unlawful possession of a second Glock pistol and ammunition but his conviction was quashed following a public outcry.

At his trial last month, he was found guilty after Soldier N gave vital evidence for the Crown. His two-year sentence was suspended for 12 months.

In the letter, Soldier N’s mother-in-law says he boasted about killing women and children. She claims he once threatened to “make his wife disappear” and assaulted his son by grabbing him round the throat.

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Police officers have also approached Dodi Fayed’s family

After extracts of the letter were published on Monday, Soldier N was branded a “loose cannon” whose word could not be trusted. But only weeks ago he was regarded as a “witness of truth” whose sworn testimony, both written and verbal, was believed by the military tribunal which found Nightingale guilty.

In a short statement, Scotland Yard confirmed last night that officers were “in the process” of notifying Lord Justice Scott Baker and the families of Diana and Dodi Fayed.

The family of chauffeur Henri Paul, who also died in the crash, welcomed the possibility of a new investig­ation. His mother Gisele has been quoted as saying she believes there was a plot to kill Diana.

Numerous inquiries, including a Scotland Yard investigation codenamed Operation Paget, have found the deaths were a tragic accident.

The inquest jury blamed the grossly negligent driving of Mr Paul and the pursuing paparazzi he was trying to evade.

In his summing up, Lord Justice Scott Baker demolished a range of conspiracy theories, saying there was not a shred of evidence to ­support them.

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DONAL MACINTYRE INVESTIGATION: ‘Spies taped Diana’s crash and bugged her phone’

BRITISH spies would have recorded the last moments of ­Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed by bugging their mobile phones, it is claimed.

By: Donal MacIntyre EXCLUSIVE

Published: Sun, September 15, 2013

 

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Diana using her mobile phone while in Sardinia in August 1997, the month she died

A key UK security industry source who served in the military told the Sunday Express that GCHQ remotely switched on recorder modes right up to the moment the couple took their fatal Paris car trip.

If made public, the phone recordings could help throw light on sensational claims by former SAS serviceman ­Soldier N that Diana was murdered by an SAS assassination squad.

The bugging claim came as a separate Sunday Express investigation revealed that film footage of Diana’s last hours was “kept secret”. An exhaustive inquiry in the French cap­ital has confirmed the existence of CCTV records of the night Diana died in August 1997.
Many belong to private companies who used France’s strict privacy laws to avoid having to hand them over to the police.
Just as crucially, a key traffic camera overlooking the scene of the crash in the Alma Tunnel was said to be switched off or malfunctioning.
However, one operator contacted 16 years on said: “Images would have been available if people wanted them to be. The truth is that every excuse poss­ible was made to make sure that live film could be kept secret.
“This suited lots of powerful people, especially those who wanted to dismiss the crash as a simple traffic accident.”
The operator, who asked not to be identified because he “fears for my safety”, said he was convinced that all available film was “rounded up and hidden or destroyed”.
Military sources have claimed Diana’s driver, Henri Paul, was blinded with an intense flash of light forcing him to lose control of their Mercedes on an underpass after leaving the Ritz hotel.

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The wreck of the Mercedes that Diana was in as it crashed in a Paris underpass

An exhaustive inquiry in the French cap­ital has confirmed the existence of CCTV records of the night Diana died in August 1997

Now the security source, a specialist operative who has engaged in “black ops”, is alleging that Diana’s phone was accessed remotely, even when switched off.
“There is no doubt that this technology was used on Diana and all around her, and for very human reasons she was regularly listened to live in the moment,” said the source.
GCHQ operatives spent a great deal of time recording and listening live because she was a priority intelligence target and a direct threat to the Crown, he said.
“More than that, she was an icon and the most famous woman in the world at the time and analysts are vulnerable to curiosity as much as anyone else and would have wanted and had the capacity to listen live to the conversations in the car as it sped away from the Ritz.”
As well as these claims, there are suspicions that CCTV cameras were tampered with on the night of the crash.

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Diana in the back of the car with driver Henri Paul (right) who is said to have been dazzled

Pascal Poulain was the commander of the Paris Information and Control Centre which was ultimately responsible for the Alma Tunnel camera that night. Interviewed by British investigators, he said: “In view of the scale of the accident, we tried to see the scene of the accident, using the camera situated at Place de l’Alma.
“That was impossible. In fact the screen showed only a blurred yellow light. We tried to manipulate the camera, that is to use the zoom and manoeuvre it, in vain. We did not have the control.
“By that I mean that another section must have been using the camera and manipulating it and must have not released it.
“It had remained under remote control on another section’s ­control panel. But it could also have been due to it being out of order.”
Speaking further about the crash, Mr Poulain said that any order to record images taken by the camera would have to have been taken “at the highest level of authority and not by a police officer”.

A spokesman for Paris Urban Traffic Units said they stopped using the camera at 11pm, around an hour and 20 minutes before the crash. In the late Nineties, police officer Eric Gigou led a team given the task of collecting all CCTV images on the route from the Ritz to the Alma underpass.

Many belonged to private businesses including hotels and restaurants, as well as a government department, which said that the cameras were facing away from the road, making the film useless.
In an official report, Lieutenant Gigou wrote: “The surveillance cameras on the private and public buildings along the route are only trained on the fronts of the buildings they protect.”
For this reason, and the fact that many of the private companies objected to anyone seeing the film, the CCTV images were not made available.

Lieutenant Marc Monot, of the Paris Criminal Brigade, said he visited the Ministry of Justice building next door to the Ritz and requested to see their CCTV footage.
According to the same official papers, “he reported that there were no images that contributed to the inquiry because cameras were positioned on ledges and did not provide any discernible detail”.

Sunday Express front pages highlight new twists

The use of the vague term “discernible detail” has particularly concerned those who think Diana may have been targeted by assassins, especially as it has effectively been used to keep the footage a secret.
Another part of the mystery is that the Mercedes Benz S-Class involved in the crash had been stolen from a restaurant several months earlier.
It was found after two weeks in a Paris suburb with some small but very specific electronic parts missing.
The parts came from devices within the car’s Electronic Management System and were found to control the electric windows, power steering rack and the anti-lock braking system.

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EXCLUSIVE: How David Cameron knew of Princess Diana ‘murder plot’

DAVID CAMERON and the head of the Army knew the SAS were allegedly responsible for the murder of Princess Diana – but failed to tell police.

By: John Twomey

Published: Sat, September 14, 2013

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Speculation over Diana’s death continues [GETTY]

The Prime Minister and General Sir Peter Wall were sent copies of a letter claiming members of the elite regiment killed the princess.

They and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who also received the letter, now face being questioned by Scotland Yard over why they did not act and remained silent.

Number 10 and the Ministry of Defence were informed of the alleged crime in February by the wife of a former SAS soldier, the Daily Express can reveal. Scotland Yard is now investigating the murder claims but detectives only learned of the allegations following a complaint by Mohammed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died alongside Diana.

The wife of the SAS veteran, who can only be identified as Soldier N, wrote to General Wall amid fears that her life was in danger from her husband.

She sent copies to Mr Cameron and Mr Hammond. Also enclosed were copies of a letter sent by her mother to the ­ SAS’s commanding officer in September 2011 which contained the original allegation linking the SAS to the death of Diana.

A key passage in the wife’s letter says her husband threatened to make her “disappear” by tampering with her car.

It is a chilling echo of a note written by Diana’s lawyer Lord Mishcon during a conversation with her in which she predicted her death.

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Cameron was told of allegations in February [GETTY]

The Prime Minister and General Sir Peter Wall were sent copies of a letter claiming members of the elite regiment killed the princess

The document records the line: “Efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car, such as a pre-preparedbrake failure or whatever)…at least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced.”

The note was handed to Met police after the 1997 crash but nothing was done about it.

In the letter from Soldier N’s wife, she writes: “I have been physically, verbally, psychologically and financially abused by my husband, one of your specialist and highly trained soldiers.

“I have endured his controlling and manipulative behaviour to be broken down and ridiculed by him to the point where I felt I could no longer live with the torment.

“As a cry for help I informed the Regiment of his abusive and threatening behaviour in November 2010.

“They were quite dismissive and nothing was done to stop him. This forced my mother, in despair, to write to the Commanding Officer of the SAS in September 2011 copied to Dyfed Powys Police (see attached letter).”

On March 1, a Downing Street official acknowledges receipt of the letter and adds: “I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for the copy of your letter and enclosure of 11 February addressed to the Chief of the General Staff.

“I was sorry to hear of the difficulties you are experiencing. Mr Cameron appreciates you taking the time and trouble to share your concerns.”

General Wall responds to the letter on March 4 and is clearly concerned by the nature of the allegations but crucially, like the Prime Minister, he does not mention any reference to Diana and the murder allegations. He writes: “I was very concerned to read your allegations against your estranged husband and your fears for your safety, and have been in touch with his regiment to see what measures can be taken to address this situation.”

The note concludes by adding that he is copying the letter to “the Director of Special Forces and the Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment”.

Diana, Dodi and driver Henri Paul died when their car smashed into a pillar in the Pont de L’Alma underpass in Paris in August 1997.

Soldier N allegedly told his wife that the crash was caused after an SAS hit team flashed a blinding light at Paul. The claim appears to support testimony from an ex MI6 spy at the inquest into Diana and Dodi’s death who said he was aware of a colleague’s proposal to kill Serbian leader ­Slobodan Milosevic by using a strobe light in a tunnel to distract his driver.

He revealed the existence of a shadowy unit within the SAS known as The Increment for the purposes of carrying out lethal operations on behalf of MI6. The original allegations that the SAS was involved in the deaths were passed to the Yard in July following the complaint by former Harrods owner Al Fayed.

The claims were in a seven-page letter written by Soldier N’s mother-in-law in September 2011 when the marriage had disintegrated.

Detective Chief Inspector Philip Easton and a Yard colleague travelled to a secret location to interview both women two weeks ago. The letter containing the original allegations was handed to the Yard follow­­ing the court martial of SAS sniper Danny Nightingale in July.

Soldier N and Sgt Nightingale were arrested in 2011 after police found firearms and ammunition illegally held. Soldier N admitted the offences and was sentenced to two years at a military corrective training centre. Nightingale admitted the charges and got 18 months last year. Following a campaign, he was released and the conviction quashed. At a fresh trial in July Nightingale was found guilty and sentenced to two years suspended for 12 months. He was convicted largely on the sworn testimony of Soldier N.

Allegations that the SAS was involved in Diana’s death emerged soon afterwards. Police said the information was being analysed as part of a “scoping exercise” and no new investigation has been launched.

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EXCLUSIVE: SAS’s lamping unit ‘used laser to dazzle Princess Diana’s driver’

A MAN-MADE “lightning bolt” was used by an SAS group nicknamed the Lamping Unit to kill Princess Diana, it is claimed.

By: Donal MacIntyre

Published: Sun, September 15, 2013

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A witness saw a bright light in the tunnel prompting fears Diana’s driver was dazzled

Following Soldier N’s claims of an SAS plot, other military sources allege a secret force existed and it had the ability to carry out an operation to kill the Princess.

The elite Army detachment was able to kill by shining high density beams called “dazzler lasers” into the eyes of targets.

These either cause road accidents or disorientate victims so they could be killed in another way.

Normally, the licence to kill has to be authorised by the Foreign Secretary, under a Class Seven Authorisation, but fresh military sources say in this case it came from deeper within the intelligence establishment.

The Diana allegations surfaced in July after the court martial of Danny Nightingale, another SAS veteran who was convicted of illegal possession of a weapon and ammunition.

The claims were passed to the Royal Military Police and then to Scotland Yard which has interviewed the wife and mother-in-law of Soldier N in connection with the Diana murder claims.

Allegations that Diana died after the driver of her Mercedes, Henri Paul, was “lamped” by an SAS unit on a motorcycle in a Paris underpass in 1997, causing the car to plough into a wall, are supported by witness evidence.

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The Mercedes car after the crash in 1997 when Diana was killed

Another driver in the underpass described seeing in his rear-view mirror a “major white flash” which illuminated the Mercedes moments before the fatal accident.

Francois Levistre claimed that a motorcycle pulled up to the car and directed a light into the vehicle before it crashed. He told the official inquest in 2007 that it was like night turning to day, adding: “I just wondered what happened because the light was like you were caught in a police radar.

“The light even came into my car,” said Mr Levistre. “The light was not directed towards me. It was directed towards the car which was behind.

“When I saw the light, I looked into the mirror. I saw the car going from left to right to left again to get within the pillar. The car had no light any longer. Everything was switched off.”

His evidence was disregarded as insignificant at the inquest and subsequent inquiry into the Princess’s death.

However, added to current developments, and with previous testimony from former MI6 spy Richard Tomlinson, it is gaining credibility by the day.

Tomlinson said that the same technique was considered for use in the Balkans for an MI6 plot to assassinate the Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

Tomlinson has been dubbed a rogue spy but many of his claims have been substantiated in public hearings, including the confirmation that MI6 had a “licence to kill”.

This is given out under what is known as Class Seven Authorisation by the Foreign Secretary, as confirmed by Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, who testified on oath at the inquest.

A Human Rights Watch report on “dazzlers” in 1998 says: “In the case of an electro-optical device, the laser would work in the same way a driver’s night vision is overwhelmed by bright headlights.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Spy warns Scotland Yard will never solve mystery of Princess Diana’s death

RENEGADE spy Richard Tomlinson last night broke cover from his French bolt-hole to urge Scotland Yard to drop its Princess Diana murder probe because it will get nowhere.

By: James Murray

Published: Sun, September 22, 2013

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Scotland Yard are examining the credibility of claims the SAS were involved in Diana’s death [PA]

The 50-year-old former MI6 agent, once jailed for six months for breaching the Official Secrets Act, said: “I think they will wrap it up pretty quickly. I don’t think anything will come out of it.”

Cambridge graduate Mr Tomlinson upset former colleagues with his evidence at the Diana inquest in 2008 in which he revealed MI6 had training in how to use strobe lights to distract people.

He explained that he had trained with the Special Boat Service, whose sister organisation the SAS is now being investigated over allegations that Diana was murdered by them in a stagedcar crash.

At the SBS centre in Poole, Dorset, he saw “a piece of equipment that could give a very bright flashing light”.

He had added: “I was told at the time that this was used in case they wished to disorient, for example, a helicopter pilot on landing.”

While he was working for the secret service, a colleague came up with a plan to kill Serbian tyrant Slobodan Milosevic by staging a car crash in a tunnel using a strobe light.

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Princess Diana’s death has been properly investigated, insists Tomlinson [REX]

I think it’s all hogwash. It is embarrassing for the SAS, really embarrassing

Richard Tomlinson

“There was no doubt in my mind, when I read X’s proposal, that he was entirely ­serious about pursuing his plan. X was an ­ambitious and serious officer who would not frivolise his career by making such a proposal in jest or merely to impress me,” he told the Diana inquest.

His evidence via video link from France bolstered claims that the security services were behind the crash which killed Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in the Alma tunnel in Paris in August 1997.

As Scotland Yard this week continues its examination into the credibility of the alleg­ations against the SAS, Mr Tomlinson expressed serious doubts that its efforts would amount to a full investigation.

The allegations are made in a letter by the parents-in-law of a woman involved in a messy dispute with her estranged SAS ­partner.

Mr Tomlinson said: “It seems more about an argument with a wife more than anything. Someone trying to make some trouble, that’s the impression I got.

“I think it’s all hogwash. It is embarrassing for the SAS, really embarrassing.”

Asked for his view on what happened in Paris, he replied: “I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. As I said right at the beginning, it has to be properly investigated which I think it has been.”

Mr Tomlinson wrote the book I Spy about his time in MI6 but was prosecuted for breaching the Official Secrets Act before it could be published. He had sent a synopsis to an Australian publisher that did not include detail on Princess Diana.

He was arrested in Milton Keynes in 1997 and jailed for a year after admitting breaching the act. Earlier, he was dismissed from MI6 but says he was not given reasons.

As well as giving information to French investigators, he briefed Scotland Yard, telling officers in 2005: “I would firstly like to state that MI6 do have the capacity to stage accidents, whether by helicopter, aeroplane or car, and also that the strobe light was shown to us by the SBS at Poole.”

Mr. Tomlinson now lives in France and works as a pilot.

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Want to bet Mr. Tomlinson will probably some day suffer a mysterious fatal plane crash

Our belief is that Diana was Murdered and the order came from the very top either The Queen or her wicked Husband or Prince Charles or all of them conspiring together. Like who else would have that power in England??? Think about it Royalty have used MURDER for centuries to attain there goals

R.I.P Diana & Dodi

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