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12A - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 1997

The world mourns its princess
Funeral set for Saturday at Westminster Abbey

Seven men under
investigation for*
Diana's death

The Washington Post
PARIS - Six photographers and one
of their motorcycle drivers were placed
under investigation by the Paris prose-
cutor yesterday for "involuntary homi-
cide" a step toward bringing criminal
charges against them in the deaths of
Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and the dri-
ver of the Mercedes-Benz sedan whose'
crash killed them.
The seven men also will be investi-
gated for failing to aid the accident's
victims, which is obligatory in France.
Judicial sources held out the possibility
that other photographers would be
named in the criminal inquiry. Several
reportedly fled the scene before police
could stop them and are being sought
by law enforcement authorities.
The photographers and the driver
were freed after being placed under
investigation, a step in the French legal
system somewhat short of being a sus-
pect. They had been held since the acci-
dent early Sunday morning. The prose-
cutor had requested that two continue to
be detained, but instead they were
required to post bail and were forbidden
to work as journalists while the case is
As they were released and their hand-
cuffs removed, the suspects slipped out
side entrances to the huge courthouse
building, avoiding the waiting banks of
television and still cameras. French
photographers said they would not have
taken pictures of them anyway, out of
"solidarity." The seven also were said
by other journalists to have avoided the

spotlight because they had sold their
stories of detention to tabloid newspa-
pers and wanted to preserve exclusivi'
They are: Nicola Arsov of the SUP
agency. Jacques Langevin of Sygma,
Serge Arnal of Stills, freelancer Laslo
Veres, Stephane Darmone, a driver for
the Gamma agency, Romuald Rat of
Gamma and Christian Martinez of
Angeli. Rat and Martinez had been rec-
ommended for detention and posted
bail instead.
Involuntary homicide is punishable
by a prison sentence of up to 15 yea
failing to assist victims by up to fiW
years' incarceration and a fine of up to
Although prosecutors did not specify
the evidence they had against the
paparazzi, witnesses have described a
nightmarish scene of 10 to 15 photog-
raphers swarming around the crushed
Mercedes, taking pictures inches from
Diana's face as she lay trapped in the
back seat, unconscious. Report-
Tuesday also indicated photograph*
had pushed policemen and swore at
them. Diana died in the hospital less
than four hours after the crash.
Also Tuesday, the family of Dodi
Fayed and of Henri Paul, the driver, said
they would file civil suits in the case,
which under French law would allow
them to participate in the French justice
system against the suspects.
The seven men were placed under
investigation as part of a crimis
inquiry that opened yesterday under the
auspices of an investigating magistrate.

An unidentified man grieves at the gate of Buckingham Palace in London on Sunday after laying flowers for Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mourning crowd tops 100,000 per day

The Washington Post
LONDON - With lines of mourn-
ers lengthening and the mounds of
flowers growing larger by the hour,
officials at Buckingham Palace grap-
pled yesterday with how to handle the
massive crowds now expected to
assemble for Saturday's funeral services
for Diana, Princess of Wales.
The extraordinary outpouring of
emotion, which appeared to catch
palace officials and even the public by
surprise, seemed to intensify yesterday.
Police estimated that 100,000 people
a day are passing by Kensington Palace,
where Diana resided. The wait to sign
the official Book of Condolence at St.

James's Palace was estimated at up to
eight hours, despite the overnight
increase to 15 in the number of books
available to sign.
Palace officials braced for an even
larger gathering of people for
Saturday's funeral services, with esti-
mates of I million or more attempting
to pack themselves into the relatively
small area of royal London where the
events will take place.
Some mourners complained that the
processional route from St. James's
Palace, where Diana's coffin lies in pri-
vate, to the funeral site at Westminster
Abbey will not accommodate all the
people hoping to pay their last respects
to a woman whose death has triggered a
worldwide reaction that has been com-
pared to the outpouring that came after
the assassination {of President John F
Kennedy in 1963.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
will attend the funeral, White House
spokesperson Joe Lockhart said
Sunday, but will not be representing the.
U.S. government. President Clinton's
attendance was ruled out, White House
officials said, because it is not a state
funeral. The First Lady's invitation
came jointly from Diana's family and
the ruling Windsor family,
Diana was killed in an automobile
crash in Paris early Sunday that also
took the life of her companion, Dodi
Fayed, and the driver of the car in which,
they were riding. A bodyguard was,
badly injured and remains hospitalized
and reportedly unable to speak.
Palace officials said that, rather than'
extendihg the route of the procession,

which they consider impractical, they.
will attempt to narrow the street corri-
dors the cortege will follow to create
more room for the spectators. They also
said mourners could pay respects by
lining the route that Diana's hearse will
travel after the funeral as it makes its
way to the chapel on the family estate,.
Althorp, outside of London, where her
remains will be interred.
Meanwhile, palace officials
announced that the funeral procession
will include 500 representatives of the
charities for which Diana had worked in
recent years. Many of those invited to
join will be children, while others may
include AIDS patients or land-mine vic-
tims, two causes with which the princess
was closely identified in recent years.
At the same time, officials said a
memorial fund will be established in
Diana's name to continue the charitable
work she was involved in. The fund was
established after charities linked to her
were flooded with inquiries about dona-
tions. Called "The Diana, Princess of
Wales Memorial Fund," the foundation
will be administered by Kensington
Palace officials also announced that
the nation will observe a moment of
silence at the end of the funeral services
on Saturday, but no other details were
announced. The funeral is scheduled to
begin at I 1 a.m. (6 a.m. EDT) and will.
last about 50 minutes, according to offi-.
cials. Many businesses here will close
for at least part of the day.
The services are being coordinated
through Buckingham Palace, in close
consultation with Diana's family.

Invitations to the 2,000 people who will
be allowed into Westminster Abbey are
being made by telephone, officials said.
The 500 charity representatives - five
from each of roughly 100 charities -
will view the services on a large screen
outside the abbey.
Already, however, there are com-
plaints that the public may be short-
changed by those planning the services.
There also was criticism over the deci-
sion not to allow Diana's coffin to lie in
state. Palace officials have said that
decision was made jointly by the royal
family and Diana's family.
Others questioned why members of
the royal family have remained silent
since Diana's death, with neither Queen
Elizabeth nor Diana's ex-husband
Prince Charles issuing any statement. "1
think the reaction (of the public) has
shocked the royal family,' said Vanessa
Belton, who was waiting outside St.
James's Palace with her mother, Rose.
The royal family remained at
Balmoral in Scotland Tuesday, with
reports that Charles and his younger
son Prince Harry went for a walk in the
afternoon. It was not clear when they
would return to London.
Even more disturbing to many of the
thousands of mourners who came out
Tuesday was the bare flag pole over
Buckingham Palace. Other flags around
the city are at half-staff, but at the palace
there is no flag at all. The absence of a
flag is protocol when Queen Elizabeth is
not in residence at Buckingham Palace,
but the barren pole was nonetheless seen
by many people as a symbol of insensi-
tivity by the royal family.

Princess Diana holds a baby at the
Kikolo health post in Angola on Jan. 14
to see the British Red Cross in action.

Two unidentified people look at a graffiti mural yesterday in New York City created
in honor of Princess Diana, who died along with Dodi Fayed on Sunday morning.

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Numerous floral tributes for the late Princess Diana lie outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. The car carrying Diana, her
friend Dodi Fayed, her chauffeur and a bodyguard, crashed while being chased by paparazi on motorcycles.

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