French court fines Diana crash paparazzi for privacy breach

[JURIST] A French court has ordered the three acquitted photographers [JURIST report; BBC report] who pursued Princess Diana [official memorial website] and Dodi al Fayed's car the night of their fatal crash in 1997 to pay one euro in damages for invasion of privacy. In a decision made public Wednesday, the court ordered the symbolic fine to be split three ways and paid to Dodi's father, Mohamed al Fayed.

Though a French investigation in 1999 ruled that the crash was caused by the chauffeur of the car being drunk and driving too fast, the circumstances of the crash remain controversial. Mohamed Al Fayed has said he believes his son and Diana were intentionally killed by British secret services because their relationship was embarrassing the royal family. Reuters has more.



 

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