Hasan Suroor

LONDON: Harrods' owner Mohammed Al-Fayed on Friday won a major legal victory when the High Court ruled in his favour over his demand that the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and his son Dodi, who were killed in a Paris car crash 10 years ago, should be heard by a public jury. The court overturned the ruling of Coroner Lady Butler-Sloss who last month rejected the idea and ruled that she would sit alone. The judges on Friday said a jury was the appropriate body to make recommendations for changes to the law to stop harassment of royalty and other celebrities by the paparazzi. Diana and Dodi were being chased by the paparazzi when the car in which they were travelling crashed in a Paris bypass on August 31, 1997. An inquiry has held that the chase may have contributed to the accident. Mr. Al-Fayed hailed the ruling as a "good victory'' but said he would continue to fight for "justice.'' He repeated his allegation that Diana and Dodi were victims of an assassination plot by the royal family.