December 17, 2013
British police officials say they have concluded their latest investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, but found “no credible evidence” she was murdered by a member of the British military.
“The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) undertook a scoping exercise to assess the relevance and credibility of that information,” the force said in a statement issued on Monday, AFP reported.
“That scoping exercise is now complete,” it stated, adding that a formal statement would be made on Tuesday.
In August 2013, Scotland Yard announced that it was examining new information which alleged that Diana and her friend Dodi Fayed were murdered by a member of the British Special Air Service (SAS).
“The final conclusion is that whilst there is a possibility the alleged comments in relation to the SAS’s involvement in the deaths may have been made, there is no credible evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact,” said the police statement.
“Therefore the MPS are satisfied there is no evidential basis upon which to open any criminal investigation,” it added.
Detectives launched the enquiry after a so-called ‘Soldier N’ claimed that his old regiment, the SAS, was ordered to kill the Princess in Paris in 1997.
The ex-soldier told his wife that an SAS squad used powerful strobe light to blind Diana’s driver, a technique developed to assassinate enemies of the state.
Diana, along with Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul, died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel after leaving the Ritz Hotel on the morning of August 31 1997.
An 18-month French judicial investigation, concluded in 1999, said that the cause of the deaths was Paul’s speeding while under the influence of alcohol.
However, some people, including Dodi’s father, Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, raised questions over the death of the Princess, saying she was assassinated in an elaborate conspiracy.