Princess Di`s driver`s blood test `wasn`t verified`

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 20:29

London: The blood test on the body of Princess Diana`s driver, who was officially blamed for her death because he was drunk, was never verified, it has emerged.

Chauffeur Henri Paul was claimed to be three times over the French drink-drive limit on the night the Princess and her lover Dodi Fayed died in a car smash in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997.

But the blood tested was never verified as coming from Paul, and the toxicologist refused to do further tests on samples, which DNA checks proved, were from Paul.

The hearing, therefore, was flawed, claimed in a new 700-page book, which reveals scores of statements and documents for the first time.

Author John Morgan who wrote `Diana Inquest: The Documents The Jury Never Saw,` has alleged the inquest was "major judicial censorship".

Two crucial French witnesses, pathologist Professor Dominique Lecomte and toxicologist Dr Gilbert Pepin, who dealt with the bodies, refused to give evidence.

A total of eight statements they made to police were never provided to the jury, according to Morgan`s book.

"The jury were not even allowed to see the post-mortem reports. That was outrageous," The Daily Express quoted Morgan as saying.

A "Receipt of Cadaver" form was also withheld from the jury. It contained the height and weight measurements for a second body, which could not have been Henri Paul.

"At one point, Dr Pepin said it would `take the Queen of England` to order the tests."

He said the evidence did not provide any proof that Henri Paul had been drinking.

ANI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 20:29

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