Brit police forced key witness to change statement in Diana's death

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London, Oct 8 (UNI) A British jeweller who claimed to have sold a ring to Dodi Fayed for his engagement to Princess Diana, accused police of forcing him to change his evidence.

A key witness in the inquest into Princess Diana's death, Alberto Repossi said he was intimidated by Scotland Yard detectives.

The jeweller claimed Mr Fayed was allegedly planning to give the ring to the princess on the night they died adding that he had given British detectives written proof that it was an engagement ring.

However, he said the officers from the inquiry team led by the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington then pressured him to alter his testimony to state that it was not for an engagement, Daily Mail reported.

The jeweller's evidence is likely to form a key part of the inquest.

Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Fayed has claimed the couple were killed on the orders of the British Establishment after learning that they were to announce their marriage and that the Princess was pregnant.

Mr Repossi claimed that the late Princess personally chose the ring from the Dis Moi Oui (Tell Me Yes) collection during a visit to his Monte Carlo shop in early August 1997.

''I had given Scotland Yard the actual copy of the receipt given to Mr Dodi's secretary on which was clearly written 'engagement ring','' Mr Repossi was quoted as saying by La Stampa.

''I am probably the only witness to the fact that Dodi and Princess Diana were going to get engaged.'' He said at the final interview the detectives asked him to change his statements so that it would not appear that the Princess and Mr Fayed were about to announce their plans to marry.

In September 1997, Mr Repossi said he did not know if Mr Fayed intended it as an engagement ring. The following April the jeweller said he was convinced that it was not.

UNI

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