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British Jury to Hear Inquest into Princess Diana, Boyfriend's Deaths


A British court has ruled that the inquest into the 1997 deaths of Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed must be heard by a jury.

The High Court ruling Friday overturned an earlier decision that a royal coroner would hear the case alone.

The decision by three senior judges is a major victory for Fayed's father Mohamed al-Fayed, who had wanted the inquest held before a public jury.

The elder Fayed expressed hope that Diana's former husband Prince Charles and his father Prince Philip would be called to testify. He has accused the royal family and British security services of conspiring to kill Diana and his son. He said their relationship embarrassed the royal family.

A British government inquiry last year backed an earlier French probe, which found that the car crash did not involve foul play.

Diana, the younger Fayed and their driver Henri Paul were killed when their car crashed at high speed in a Paris road tunnel.

British and French investigators reported that the driver was drunk and driving to fast in an effort to avoid photographers who were pursuing the couple.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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