Jury in Diana inquest weighing verdict

April 2, 2008 at 1:56 PM
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LONDON, April 2 (UPI) -- A London coroner's jury retired Wednesday to begin considering six months of testimony on the 1997 car crash that killed Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed.

Lord Justice Scott Baker completed his summing up Wednesday morning, The Daily Telegraph reported. He told jurors they have no evidence the princess was deliberately killed.

Mohammed al-Fayed, owner of the Paris Ritz and Harrods Department Store, contends the crash in Paris was engineered by British intelligence to keep Diana from marrying his son. The inquest was convened partly to put his claims and other conspiracy theories to rest.

The jury has several options. Jurors could find that Diana was unlawfully killed by the photographers who were trailing her, by Henri Paul, the Fayed security officer driving the car who died in the crash, or both. They could also reach a verdict of accidental death or an open verdict.

In his summation, Baker also attacked the credibility of Diana's butler, Paul Burrell, saying that he gave misleading testimony.

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