Four key witnesses have come forward to provide unheard evidence surrounding Diana\'s death
As military police officers work with Scotland Yard on the latest sensational claims, we can disclose that police never found two cars being driven suspiciously on the fateful night.
After a detailed analysis of police files we can disclose: l A British solicitor told officers about two mystery vehicles which seemed to be fleeing the crash. Neither has ever been traced.
Gary Hunter felt one of the vehicles was “shielding” the other, suggesting one of the cars could have hit Diana’s Mercedes.
Two French witnesses also said they thought a motorbike was implicated. This has never been found.
Compelling evidence has emerged that Diana’s Mercedes was involved in another collision seconds before the main impact but analysis of the debris was deeply flawed.
Military sources revealed that last week it was decided the Army should “review” any evidence linking any SAS officers to Diana’s death after a new investigation by Scotland Yard.
Two officers from the Special Investigations Branch, the Army’s Special Branch, based at Land Forces Command in Andover, Hampshire, have been told to look at all available evidence and report back to the Provost Marshall.
The claims of military involvement surfaced in a letter written by the mother-in-law of an SAS soldier, known as Soldier N, to his commanding officer, claiming he threatened to kill his estranged wife and their daughter.
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She also claimed: “He told her [the daughter] that it was XXX who arranged Princess Diana’s death and that has been covered up.
Diana, 36, died with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, and Ritz Hotel security official Henri Paul when their Mercedes crashed in the Alma tunnel underpass in Paris 16 years ago on Saturday.
An inquest jury decided Dodi and Diana were unlawfully killed and blamed Henri Paul, who had been drinking and was speeding.
Evidence from police files strongly suggests the Mercedes was being chased by unknown people in a car and on a motorbike. Neither French or British police could identify any photographers who could have been responsible, which suggests the people tailing Diana were not paparazzi.
The Sunday Express has analysed police files and spoken to officials in France and Britain to see if there is any credible reason to suspect that Diana was killed intentionally just after midnight on August 31, 1997.
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London solicitor Gary Hunter was staying in a hotel overlooking the Alma tunnel with his wife Teresa.
He died in 2004 but his statement to the inquest jury read: “At 12.25am I heard the noise of an almighty crash followed immediately by the sound of skidding tyres and then immediately a further very loud crash.
At 12.25am I heard the noise of an almighty crash followed immediately by the sound of skidding tyres and then immediately a further very loud crash
“I jumped out of bed to the open from where the sound had come. From the same direction, there was the continuing sound of a car horn.”
He returned to his bed briefly but then heard more sounds, returning to the window “to see that a small dark vehicle had completed its turn into Rue Jean Goujon immediately followed by a larger white vehicle”.
He went on: “I believe this vehicle to have been a white Mercedes. “It completed its turn immediately behind the smaller dark vehicle. Both vehicles were travelling at inordinate speed."
“The white vehicle was almost touching the rear bumper of the smaller dark vehicle. I thought the white car was shielding the small black car from behind.
“At the junction with the roundabout with wheels screeching, they turned right and out of my sight.”
Teresa, 56, told the Sunday Express last night: “I was asleep all the time so I don’t know what happened, but my late husband never changed his account. He was absolutely sure of what he saw and heard.”
Frenchman Jean Pascal Peyret said he heard the sound of TWO crashes as he drove through the tunnel with his girlfriend, Severine Banjout.
Speaking via a video link from Paris, he told the inquest that as he drove up the slope exiting the underpass: “I heard two noises, one after the other. The first the sound of an impact and then another sound which was a much heavier, bigger impact.”
Although Mr Peyret said he did not see any vehicles nearby, Severine, now his wife, insists she saw a lone motorcyclist in her side window, which was travelling very fast.
She told police: “I quickly understood that the motorcycle could have been implicated in the collision and that its rider was trying to get away from the place.”
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Frenchman Olivier Partouche, now 41, was nearby when the Mercedes went into the tunnel at 12.20am.
Police Lieutenant Marc Guillemois took a statement from him at 9.05am. It says: “I could quite clearly see a dark coloured car travelling in front of a Mercedes limousine brake in order to enable a motorbike to draw level.
“I had the impression there were several people in the dark vehicle travelling in front of the Mercedes.
“I cannot say whether there was a pillion passenger on the following motorcycle or not.
“I thought there were flashes coming from the motorbike, which, I would remind you was positioned behind the car containing the VIPs.”
At Diana’s inquest Met Police crash expert Sergeant Anthony Read said Mr Paul’s attempt to avoid a white Fiat Uno, which it had hit with a “glancing blow”, started a chain of events that caused the death crash.
Police photographs show debris around the entrance to the tunnel, 147ft away from the main crash scene, indicating a collision between the Mercedes and the Fiat.
Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, the only survivor, also said he thought the car was being followed by a motorbike and two cars, one of which was a white hatchback.
At the inquest, Michael Mansfield QC suggested: “If someone wanted to engineer a crash along the expressway, that is utterly possible, isn’t it?’’
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