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Fayed’s Dad Urges Probe of 2nd Car

March 12, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Raising new questions about the role of a mysterious white Fiat, Mohamed Al Fayed met Thursday with the French judge investigating the Paris car crash that killed Princess Diana and his son Dodi.

A smiling Al Fayed emerged after two hours of talks with Judge Herve Stephan and described the meeting as ``great.″

His lawyer, Georges Kiejman, added that Al Fayed had been ``satisfied by everything explained to him″ by the judge.

Kiejman also said a request had been made for ``additional investigations,″ specifically that Al Fayed wanted to know more about the theory that the couple’s car collided with another vehicle _ possibly a white Fiat _ before slamming into the 13th pillar of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel.

So far, Judge Stephan and police investigators have focused on the drunken state of driver Henri Paul, who also died in the Aug. 31 crash. They have also cited the high speed at which Paul was driving the Mercedes, and the Fiat Uno.

Last week, Stephan met for the fourth time with bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the crash.

Rees-Jones’ French lawyer, Christian Curtil, said his client, who suffered amnesia from severe head injuries, was gradually recalling more about events immediately before and after the crash.

Rees-Jones was recently quoted _ in an interview arranged by Al Fayed in the British newspaper The Mirror _ as saying Diana was conscious and mumbled Dodi’s name after the accident.

In the same interview, Rees-Jones also said two cars and a motorbike were chasing the Mercedes after it left the Ritz Hotel and that driver Paul did not appear to have been drinking before taking the wheel.

Blood tests have shown that Paul was legally drunk that night and had ingested two prescription drugs.

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