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Friday, March 6, 1998 Published at 16:55 GMT


Diana bodyguard meets crash investigator
image: [ Trevor Rees-Jones and his memories have become the focus of world attention ]
Trevor Rees-Jones and his memories have become the focus of world attention

The bodyguard of Diana, Princess of Wales, has told the judge investigating her death his recollections of events leading to the fatal car crash.

Trevor Rees-Jones, accompanied by his lawyer Christian Curtil, met magistrate Hervé Stephan in Paris.

It was his fourth meeting with Mr Stephan concerning the events of August 31 last year.

The judge is believed to be angry at learning of the bodyguard's returning memories first through the media.

Mr Curtil said his client would tell any future details he remembered to investigators first.

"He is remembering some things. He hopes to remember others. He will tell them first to the judge.

"He will not grant any more interviews unless I advise him to. He does not want the press to impair his private life."

[ image: Mr Rees-Jones said he remembers vehicles pursuing Diana]
Mr Rees-Jones said he remembers vehicles pursuing Diana
Mr Rees-Jones, who is employed by Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed, had told The Mirror newspaper he saw two cars and a motorbike following the Mercedes S280 in which the princess was fatally injured.

Mr Rees-Jones, who was badly injured in the crash, said that during sessions with a psychiatrist he also remembered Diana calling for her friend Dodi Fayed following the impact, the newspaper said.

Dodi Fayed, son of Mr al-Fayed, died in the accident as did chauffeur Henri Paul, who was found to be in excess of the French drink-driving limit.

Mr Rees-Jones said Mr Paul had shown no signs of being drunk before he got behind the wheel.

[ image: Dodi Fayed: Trevor Rees-Jones said Diana called his name]
Dodi Fayed: Trevor Rees-Jones said Diana called his name
The bodyguard initially said he failed to remember any details of the moments leading up to impact in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel under the Seine in Paris.

When some memories began to come back, Mr Rees-Jones said he wanted to tell them to the investigating magistrate Mr Stephan.

'The judge does not think there is a conspiracy'

Mr al-Fayed is also scheduled to meet the French judge. According to reports from France, the hearing will be on March 12.

Mr al-Fayed, the owner of the Paris Ritz, from where the Mercedes set off, has alleged that the crash was a conspiracy.

[ image: Mohamed al-Fayed: alleges conspiracy]
Mohamed al-Fayed: alleges conspiracy
He told The Mirror last month: "I believe in my heart, 99.9%, that it was not an accident.

"There was a conspiracy and I will not rest until I have established exactly what happened."

But both Mr al-Fayed and the French investigators denied that this would form the basis of the meeting.

A spokesman for the judge said: "The judge has written to Mr al-Fayed because Mr al-Fayed is one of the people who has registered an interest in the investigation because of the death of his son.

"The judge writes to all the people who have registered an interest, such as the princess's own family. At the moment there are no plans for Mr al-Fayed to testify."

He added: "Mr al-Fayed has his own reasons for saying he believes there was a conspiracy. The judge does not think there is a conspiracy."

The outcome of the French investigation is expected in June.

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