France launches criminal investigation into Diana's death
September 2, 1997
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PARIS (CNN) -- Paris prosecutors Tuesday launched a criminal investigation which could result in manslaughter charges against seven photographers detained immediately after the car crash that killed Princess Diana, her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver Henri Paul. Diana's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was badly injured but is expected to recover.
The inquiry will also consider charges of failing to come to the aid of Diana and the three others in the car. France has a "Good Samaritan" law requiring people to help those in danger.
The prosecutor's office appointed investigating magistrate Herve Stephan to lead the probe.
Stephan is expected to begin interviewing the seven photographers Tuesday. The photographers, who reportedly had been pursuing Diana's car, have been questioned by police for 48 hours following their detention early Sunday after the accident.
Under French law, the investigating judge decides whether to place the suspects under formal judicial investigation.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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