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Paul Burrel could face perjury charges

world Updated: Feb 24, 2008 17:33 IST

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Disgraced royal butler Paul Burrell could face perjury charges after he was caught in a secret film admitting that he did not tell the whole truth at Princess Diana's inquest, a tabloid claimed on Sunday.

The Sunday Express reported that the person who secretly filmed him had been his friend for three years. Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker has summoned Burrell back to the witness box after he was caught making the astonishing admission on camera earlier this month in a New York hotel.

According to the report, he said of the inquest: "When you swear an oath you have to tell the truth. I didn't tell the whole truth."Perjury is not a nice thing to have to contemplate. I was very naughty and I made a couple of red herrings and I couldn't help doing it."I know you shouldn't play with justice and I know it's illegal and I realise how serious it is."

The tabloid quoted a source close to Burrell saying: "He was entrapped by one of his friends - he is devastated. This person approached Paul three years ago with an idea for a TV documentary on Diana. They were friends.

"They happened to be in New York at the same time and decided to meet up, but it was a trap. He believed he was speaking to a friend he could trust, but he was being filmed secretly."