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Diana Bodyguard To Be Questioned

December 19, 1997

PARIS (AP) _ The sole survivor of the crash that killed Princess Diana, her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, arrived at the Palais de Justice today for questioning by an investigating judge.

Under heavy police guard, Rees-Jones was swarmed by photographers when he stepped from his car with his lawyer, Christian Curtil. His face, seriously injured in the Aug. 31 crash, was heavily scarred.

Wearing a tan jacket and jeans, Rees-Jones looked grim walking unsteadily up the palace steps for the meeting with investigating Judge Herve Stephan.

``It went well,″ Curtil said after two hours of questioning, but he declined further comment. The former bodyguard was spirited through another entrance to evade reporters.

Rees-Jones already has met twice with French investigators _ in September and early October. Since Oct. 3, he has been recuperating from his injuries in England.

Rees-Jones returned to Paris in November for a 24-hour visit, according to the sources, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity. At that time, he met with his doctors and revisited the scene of the crash at the Pont de l’Alma traffic tunnel.

The crash killed Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul. Paul was drunk at the time and was believed to have been driving at a high speed.

Rees-Jones has said he remembers no details of the actual crash, but that he did recall leaving the Ritz Hotel and being followed by a white car.

Paris police are looking into whether a white Fiat Uno was involved in the crash. They believe Diana’s Mercedes brushed against a small white car just before losing control and crashing into a pillar in the tunnel.

Judicial authorities, meanwhile, denied a French tabloid report that investigators had given up on finding the owner of the Fiat, and soon would close the investigation. The authorities spoke on condition of anonymity.

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