Diana died after plan to "frighten" her went wrong: Lawyer
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Last Updated: Friday, March 12, 2010, 15:47
London: Princess Diana was killed in a road accident in 1997 after attempts to "frighten" her into dumping her boyfriend Dodi al Fayed and ending her anti-establishment activities went horribly wrong, a leading British lawyer has claimed.

Lawyer Michael Mansfield, who represented Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed at the 2007 inquest into Diana's death, said he was sure that Diana's "killers" had no intention of ending her life and simply wanted to scare her.

Mansfield believes there was a plan to frighten her which went horribly wrong in a Paris tunnel in August 1997, the Daily Mail reported.

"I don't believe anyone wanted to see her dead. I think there was a plan to sabotage the relationship (with Dodi) and alter her life, to try to stop her activities. But this plan went very badly and ended with her death," Mansfield said.

In an interview with Catalan daily El Periodico published today, Mansfield said British authorities opposed several aspects of Diana's private and public life.

He said, "I believe the relationship between Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed displeased the authorities.

"In spite of all the work Mohamed al Fayed did for children and hospitals, he was persona non grata in Britain.

"As far as Diana was concerned, she had given interviews attacking the Royal Family for the way they treated her, but I think what most annoyed the authorities was that Diana became very actively involved in the campaign against land mines.


First Published: Friday, March 12, 2010, 15:47

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