No perjury probe for Diana's butler

April 8, 2008 at 4:54 PM
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LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- Most of the parties involved in the London inquest into the death of Princess Diana hope that the jury verdict ends the case.

That includes the coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, who has said he has no plans to initiate a perjury investigation into the testimony of Paul Burrell, the princess's butler, the BBC reported. In his summing up for the jury, Baker attacked Burrell, saying his testimony was unreliable and suggesting that his claims to be Diana's "rock" were overblown.

The jury found Monday that Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, were unlawfully killed by their driver, who was drunk at the time of the fatal crash in Paris in 1997, and by news photographers who had pursued them from the Ritz Hotel.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said it is time to "draw a line" in the case, The Telegraph reported. He urged Mohammed al-Fayed, owner of the Ritz and Harrods Department Store, not to appeal the verdict. Fayed contends that his son and the princess were killed by British intelligence agents.

"I think the princes, William and Harry, have spoken for the whole country when they say it is time to bring this to an end," Brown said.

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