Tuesday 6 January 2004

Britain To Hold Inquest Into Death Of Princess Diana

"The System will never convict The System." - Bantu Steven Biko

An inquest into the death of Britain's Princess Diana opens Tuesday, promising to shed light on the car crash that killed her and possibly lay to rest conspiracy theories that she was murdered.

The former wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles died alongside her lover Dodi Al Fayed and their chauffeur Henri Paul when their speeding Mercedes car crashed in a Paris tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997, as it was chased by paparazzi on motorbikes.

Six years and 128 days after the accident, media and public fascination with Diana, who was one of the world's most glamorous and instantly recognizable figures, is still strong.

Reporters from across the globe will hear Royal Coroner Michael Burgess open separate inquests Tuesday into the deaths of Diana and Dodi -- the first official public hearings into the crash to be held on British soil.

"The coroner will read a statement outlining the position now, what he will and won't look at, and why it has taken so long to get to this stage," a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said.

The inquest will then be adjourned and it will probably be at least six months before a full hearing takes place as Burgess must first wade through more than 6,000 pages of evidence, the spokeswoman added.

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