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Al Fayed to appeal judicial decision on Dodi

March 12, 2004 21:24 IST

Egyptian tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed has said he will appeal against a judicial decision that prevents a full public inquiry taking place in Scotland into the death of his son Dodi and Diana, Princess of Wales.

The judge, Lord Drummond-Young, sitting at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that the Scottish Executive was within its rights in refusing to hold an inquiry into the couple's deaths in Paris in 1997.

Al Fayed, who has a home in Scotland, was trying to use his residence rights to get the Scottish authorities to hold the inquiry. Last December, as he launched his latest bid to hold an official inquiry, Al Fayed claimed both Diana and and Dodi were murdered.

He argued that a French inquiry failed to adequately investigate the crash, and that he was entitled to such a probe under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

At the Court of Session in Edinburgh Al Fayed's lawyer, Richard Keen QC, said there were "numerous matters which cast material doubt" on the official explanation of the crash.

A French inquiry concluded that driver Henri Paul, who also died, was drunk and on anti-depressants. He was found to be largely to blame for the fatal crash in the Alma tunnel.

But in court Al Fayed's lawyer said his client had reached the "reasonable belief that the life of his son Dodi may have been taken by force".

The latest legal skirmishing to try and force a public inquiry follow a second broadcast on US television of audio tapes secretly recorded by Diana shortly before her death.

In the broadcast Diana tells how she confronted her husband's mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles, and told her, "I know what's going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that."

Parker Bowles is said to have responded, "You've got everything you ever wanted. You've got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you've got two beautiful children, what more do you want?"

Shyam Bhatia in London