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Al Fayed accepts Diana death verdict with reservations
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13:24, April 09, 2008

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Mohamed Al Fayed said Tuesday he was abandoning his decade-long quest to prove that Princess Diana and his son Dodi were murdered and reluctantly accepted an inquest verdict into her death.

"Enough is enough," Fayed said in an interview with ITV News broadcast Tuesday night. "For the sake of the two princes, who I know loved their mother."

"I'm leaving the rest for God to get my revenge, but I'm not doing anything any more," he said.

A British inquest jury on Monday delivered a verdict of unlawful killing in the deaths of the princess and Dodi in the August 1997 Paris car crash, blaming the driving of their chauffeur Henri Paul, who was also killed, and chasing paparazzi photographers..

Al Fayed had claimed that MI6 agents were taking orders from Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Asked if he did not want to pursue the case any further, he shook his head as his eyes filled with tears.

"I'm a father who lost his son and I have done everything for 10 years. But now with the verdict, I am accepting it but with all the reservations which I have mentioned," he said.

He said he did not approve "100 percent" because the coroner at the inquest, Lord Justice Scott Baker, limited the jury's freedom.

Baker had told the jury that Al Fayed and his legal team had not produced any evidence that the MI6 was involved in the fatal car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

Nevertheless, al Fayed said he was very grateful to the jury because it had concluded Diana and Dodi's deaths were not an accident, but an unlawful killing.

Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry, have endorsed the verdict.


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