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Diana crash was caused by two 'hitmen' on a motorbike, eyewitness tells official inquest

Diana inquest: Witness saw 'major white flash from hitmen' just before crash

A bright light was flashed at Princess Diana's car moments before it crashed into a concrete pillar, a witness claimed yesterday.

A motorbike overtook the Mercedes inside the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris before a 'major white flash' like a police radar was directed at the car, Francois Levistre told the inquest into the princess's death.

The Mercedes veered across the carriageway several times before ploughing into the pillar, said Mr Levistre, who was driving in front of the princess's car through the underpass.

Other witnesses claimed to have seen a large dark car bump the Mercedes as it entered the tunnel at a 'crazy' speed moments before the crash, the inquest at the High Court in London heard.

[Photo] Aftermath: A witness claimed a car could have collided with Diana's Mercedes on the night she died

Mohamed Al Fayed claims Diana and his son Dodi were murdered ten years ago in an Establishment plot ordered by Prince Philip.

Mr Al Fayed says secret service agents blinded the Mercedes's driver, Henri Paul, with a flash gun and it was part of the conspiracy to make the crash look like an accident.

French authorities and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens - who investigated the crash on behalf of the coroner - have dismissed this theory.

They doubt whether Mr Levistre, the only eyewitness who speaks of a 'big white flash' in the tunnel, could have seen the detail he claimed while driving at speeds of up to 60mph.

Mr Levistre had given several different accounts of the incident, the court was told.

He had also served time in prison for possessing an illegal weapon and had been held in connection with an alleged plot to sell a child, the jury heard.

Speaking through a video link from Paris, Mr Levistre said that on August 31, 1997 he was returning home from a shopping trip with his wife, Roselyn, and their ten-year-old son.

He was driving at around 60mph when he saw in his rear-view mirror the headlights of a large car overtaken by a motorbike.

He said: "I realised there was this major white flash of the motorbike in front of the Mercedes, in front of the car."

[Photo] Jail: Witness Francois Levistre

He said: "I realised there was this major white flash of the motorbike in front of the Mercedes, in front of the car."

Asked by Ian Burnett QC, counsel for the coroner, whether the light was bright, he said: "Very. The light even came into my car [even though] it was not directed towards me."

Mr Levistre said: "Then I saw the car going from left to right to left again to go within the pillar."

He stopped near the tunnel exit and claimed he saw the motorcycle passenger get off, approach the car, look inside and make a hand gesture to the bike's driver before they sped away.

He also claimed to have seen a small white car in the tunnel - but said there was no contact between this and the Mercedes.

Asked why he did not leave his car to help, Mr Levistre said: "Fear...I thought they were hitmen. We thought the two cyclists had come to kill the people in the car."

However, David le Ny, who was with his girlfriend and her parents Jean Claude and Annick Catheline at the time, described the Mercedes being bumped by another large dark car as it sped into the tunnel.

In a statement to French police at the time, he said: "It [the Mercedes] was going so fast. I can't say what speed but I think it was travelling over 100 kilometres per hour [62mph]. In fact I actually said to the people I was with 'what an idiot'."

Mr Catheline told the court that he saw two large dark cars travelling quickly side-by-side between 20in and 3ft apart as they went into the tunnel.

He said: "As soon as the car disappeared from our view we heard what sounded like the bodywork bumping."

Immediately after the sound of the crash, the party described £10million is the estimated cost of the inquest into the death of Diana seeing a mysterious white man running into the tunnel.

Mr Burnett yesterday pointed to inconsistencies in Mr Levistre's evidence to the inquest and French police.

These included how many motorbikes were following the Mercedes and whether he even saw the car actually collide with the pillar.

He was asked by Mr Burnett why, despite being a witness to a serious car accident, he did not stop to offer assistance.

Mr Levistre said he was scared but Mr Burnett suggested that the real reason he did not wish to get involved was because he had 'been in trouble' with the French authorities before.

Mr Levistre admitted he had been jailed for two and a half years for possessing an 'illegal weapon'.

Mr Burnett continued: "Am I right you have [also] been in difficulties with the authorities in connection with offering a child to a German industrialist?"

This prompted an irritated Mr Levistre to explode: "Let's not talk about this, because I tell you that it is a total mistake."

Mr Levistre served a jail sentence for theft, burglary and fraud.

On his release in 1989 he was remanded in custody on suspicion of trying to sell a baby he had fathered with a woman 20 years his junior to a German couple for £5,000, according to French newspaper reports. He was later released without charge.

Last night, after hours of questioning, Mr Levistre refused to give any more evidence.

His wife, Roselyn, who has previously given evidence to police contradicting her husband, then refused to take the stand.


Daily Mail, "Diana inquest: Witness saw 'major white flash from hitmen' just before crash", 16 October 2007.


Daily Express, "DIANA SENSATION: I SAW 'HITMAN CAUSE CRASH'", 16 October 2007.
    TWO hitmen on a motorcycle shone a powerful flashlight at Princess Diana’s car before it crashed, her inquest was told yesterday.
    Francois Levistre was driving in front of the Mercedes when it crashed, killing Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed.
    He told the jury the bike stopped and the pillion passenger walked over to the wrecked car, inspected it then signalled like a referee when a boxer is out for the count.
    The passenger, dressed like the rider all in black, then signalled that they needed to move quickly out of the Alma tunnel in Paris, the inquest in London heard.
    Asked why he had not left his car to help those in the crash, Mr Levistre answered: “Fear.” Asked what he had been afraid of, he replied: “Just like I said, I thought they were hitmen.”
    Mr Levistre, giving his evidence via video link from Paris, told how he saw the “major white flash” from the motorbike in his rear view mirror as the bike overtook Diana’s car.
    The Mercedes began immediately careering across the road before crashing into the concrete pillars in the central reservation of the dual carriageway in the tunnel, he said.
    He told the jury in court 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice it was like the bright flash from a speed camera.
    “The light was as if you are caught by police radar,” he said. “The light was very powerful. It came into my car. The light was not directed towards me. It was directed towards the car which was behind.”
    The inquest, which is expected to hear evidence for six months before deciding how Diana and Dodi died, heard that after the crash the self-employed businessman had performed tests with different kinds of lights in the Alma tunnel.
    He concluded that the intensity of the flash was much greater than that produced by a normal photographer’s flash.  He also told the court that he had not seen any photographers in the tunnel in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
    Mr Levistre, 63, from Rennes in Normandy, told the inquest he was driving through the French capital in a rented black Ford Ka after spending the day in the city with his wife and 10-year-old son.


The Observer, "Army's secret 'people zapper' plans", 3 November 2002.,6903,825082,00.html
    Documents obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act detail talks about battlefield uses of the weapons and whether they could be used to back up economic sanctions against target countries. The weapons include lasers that can blind and stun an enemy and cut through metal to disable vehicles.

BBC News, "How hot is the heat-ray gun?", 26 January 2007.
    The US military revealed a heat-ray gun, the Active Denial System (ADS), to reporters this week.
    The technology brings a new, more disorientating dimension to crowd control.

LANL, "New weapons and how they may change war subject of talk Thursday at Bradbury Science Museum", 17 October 2005.
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M., October 17, 2005 -- Light-wave energy in the same spectrum of energy found in home appliances may soon be used in a new generation of weapons. On Thursday (Oct. 20), Los Alamos National Laboratory's Associate Director for Threat Reduction, Douglas Beason, will talk about America's new directed energy weapons in a talk at the Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum.
    The talk is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. After the talk, Beason is scheduled to sign copies of his new book, "The E-Bomb: How America's New Directed Energy Weapons will Change the Way Future Wars will be Fought," at the Otowi Station Bookstore next to the museum.
    Beason, who was named Los Alamos' Threat Reduction Directorate leader in January, is a leading expert in directed energy research. At the talk, he will describe the development of a new generation of weapons that discharge light-wave energy. The technology that supplies the same spectrum of energy found in microwave ovens or television remote control devices is a revolution in weaponry, perhaps more profound than the atomic bomb. Beason will discuss these new weapons and answer the questions that everyone is asking: What is directed energy? How do these new weapons work? How lethal are they?
    According to Beason, the first directed energy weapons are being tested now and their deployment is being planned for today's battlefields.

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