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Britain's MI6 'had file on Dodi's father'

An officer with the British secret service, however, says Diana or her boyfriend were not under the agency's surveillance.

world Updated: Feb 27, 2008 21:45 IST

Neither Princess Diana nor her Egyptian boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed were under the surveillance of the British secret service, but MI6 had a file on Mohammed Al-Fayed, it has been claimed.

An officer with the agency, identified as Miss X, told the inquest into the death of the Princess of Wales that she had conducted a search of MI6 databases but found no files on the couple or any evidence of a plot to kill them.

Mohamed Al-Fayed had earlier alleged at the inquest that MI6 assassinated the couple on the orders of Prince Philip as Diana was pregnant with Dodi's child and the couple were about to get married.

But Miss X, who had assisted British police in their investigation into the deaths of Diana and Dodi in a car crash in Paris ten years back, said there was "no plan whatsoever". "We do not go around killing people. It is simply not done," the British media quoted her as testifying at the inquest.

Asked whether she found any reference to the Duke of Edinburgh, she replied she had not, adding: "I would just like to say at this stage Sir we don't hold one, either files or cards on the Royal Family. I could do a search on them."

However, she claimed to have come across a card with Mohamed Al-Fayed's details, which was created in the 1980s, while carrying out the search. There were also records of the Harrods boss appearing in secure telegraphic messages sent by MI6 staff with the earliest dating to July 1994.

Miss X said Mohammed Al-Fayed's card had 14 entries on it, but added that these were "insignificant, indirect references".