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Scotland Yard: Diana, Dodi Fayed Deaths Not Linked to Special Forces

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 01:56 PM

Regarding the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, Scotland Yard announced Monday there is no credible evidence that the British special forces were involved.

Scotland Yard had been following leads since August over claims that the death of the couple was orchestrated by a member of the British military, according to the London Evening Standard. A military source said that the former parents-in-laws of a former soldier initially passed the allegations to authorities.

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The Special Air Service, or SAS, is the special forces unit of the British Army. The Daily Mail reported the claim was that members of the SAS regiment assassinated Diana seconds after her Mercedes smashed into an underpass pillar.

Seven detectives were given access to SAS and took statements.

"Whilst there is a possibility that the alleged comments in relation to the SAS's involvement in the death may have been made, there is no credible or relevant evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact," Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said, according to the Evening Standard.

"Having reviewed the exercise and its findings, I am satisfied that there is no evidential basis upon which therefore to reopen any criminal homicide investigation or refer the matter back to the coroner," Rowley continued.

Diana, Fayed, and chauffeur Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed in a Paris tunnel while leaving the Ritz hotel on the morning on Aug. 31, 1997.

The first examination blamed the negligent driving of drunken Paul and the distraction caused by the pursuing paparazzi. Diana's death, though, continued to be source of conspiracy theories because she had "become a thorn in the side of the Royal Family," according to the Daily Mail.

Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens Paget started an investigation into the deaths in 2004 at the request of Michael Burgess, the Royal Coroner.

The investigation rejected murder claims by Fayed's father Mohamed al Fayed, when the investigation concluded in December 2006.

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