Diana inquest jury still out

The Diana, Princess of Wales inquest jury began deliberating for its third day today.

Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker sent the panel of six women and five men out to continue considering its verdicts just after 10am today.

They had already spent a total of 10 hours 35 minutes together considering their verdicts on Wednesday and Thursday.

The jurors have to decide whether the crash in which Diana, her lover Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul were killed was an accident, manslaughter on the part of drivers, or unexplained.

They have already been told by the coroner that there is no evidence to support the theory of Dodi's father Mohamed al Fayed that the crash was staged to murder the couple.

The three died when a Mercedes driven by Mr Paul crashed into the 13th pillar of the Alma tunnel in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997.

The jury has heard evidence that Mr Paul had been drinking and was going at twice the speed limit for the road when he crashed.

The Mercedes was also being pursued by paparazzi as they left the Fayed-owned Ritz hotel minutes before the crash.

Mohamed al Fayed has accused the Duke of Edinburgh and MI6 of plotting the crash.

The coroner said earlier this week that there was "not a shred of evidence" to back up the contention.


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