Al Fayed calls lawyers off the Diana quest

Mohamed Al Fayed’s legal team has finally been given orders to stand down from pursuing anymore avenues as to the reasons Princess Diana and the Harrods owner’s son Dodi died.

Al Fayed last night said he now accepted the verdict “but with reservations”.

“Enough is enough,” said Al Fayed. “After meeting with my lawyers this afternoon there are still a lot of options but I’m tired.

“The most important thing is that the jury has come up that this is not an accident, it’s a murder. And this gives me great satisfaction because it proved my point that my son and Diana were murdered.”

The jury in the Diana inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing holding that the Princess and Dodi were killed due to the “gross negligence” of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi (www.thelawyer.com, 8 April).

Al Fayed’s barrister team was lead by Michael Mansfield QC of Tooks Chambers, with his Paris hotel The Ritz led by Ian Croxford QC of Wilberforce Chambers.

For the Government, the lead counsel to the coroner was Ian Burnett QC of 1 Temple Gardens and Richard Horwell QC of Cloth Fair Chambers led for the Metropolitan Police.

Al Fayed backing down over his quest to substantiate his conspiracy theory comes as police today (9 April 2008) launched a perjury investigation into Diana butler Paul Burrell’s alleged lies at the inquest.

During the inquest Lord Justice Scott Baker branded Burrell a “liar” but said he was not going to report Diana’s former butler to the police. However a complaint from a member of the public meant the police were obliged to investigate the allegations.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “In view of a complaint received, the Metropolitan Police Service has a duty to look at whether Paul Burrell should be investigated for perjury.

“In considering this matter we will, of course, take note of the coroner’s decision not to refer the matter to us.”