British police are assessing new information about the
deaths of Princess Diana and her friend Dodi al Fayed in a
Paris road crash in 1997.
London's Metropolitan Police did not elaborate on the
information, or its source, but Britain's Sky news television
station said it had come from the parents-in-law of a former
soldier and had been passed on by the Royal Military Police.
The force said in a statement it was studying information
into the deaths that it had recently received and was
"assessing its relevance and credibility".
"This is not a re-investigation and does not come under
Operation Paget," it said, referring to the police
investigation into the allegations of murder.
Diana and Dodi and their chauffeur were killed when their car
crashed in a road tunnel while pursued by photographers after
the couple left the Ritz hotel on Aug. 31, 1997.
The police statement noted the inquest jury had concluded
their verdict as "unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving
of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes (in which the
couple were travelling)."
A royal spokeswoman said there would be no comment on the new
A 2008 inquest in London returned a verdict of unlawful
killing and said the chauffeur, Henri Paul, and the
photographers were to blame for the deaths.
Dodi's father Mohammed al Fayed, former owner of the Harrods
department store, has long claimed the couple were murdered.
In December 2006, Operation Paget concluded that there was no
evidence of murder and said that driver Paul had been drunk
and going too fast.
Diana, the former wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles
and mother of Princes William and Harry, was 36 when she