As I write the Diana inquest verdict has just been announced. I suppose the central question is whether if Mr al-Fayed had been a poor man if there’d ever have been such a case. In other words, if money can’t buy you love can it create enough pressure to get you an inquest in which every known fantasy is tested and generally found wanting? Anyway the outcome was predictable: unlawful killing by a combination of the reckless driving of Henri Paul and the pursuing paparazzi.
One of the really interesting things that has come out of the case has been the appearance of an MI6 boss who rubbished the claims that the secret service had been involved in Diana’s death, but whose evidence also stood up earlier claims that a proposal had been drawn up by an intelligence official for an MI6 plot to bump off a Balkan leader. That’s an avenue we’ve been exploring further...
Which probably relates to this snippet from the excellent Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World by Mark Curtis:
Former MI6 intelligence officer, Richard Tomlinson, revealed that MI6 also planned an assassination attempt against Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosovic. Conceived in 1992, MI6 put forward three options in a report entitled 'The need to assassinate President Milosovic of Serbia'. These were: to train a Serbian paramilitary group to carry out the assassination; to send in an SAS team to kill him with a bomb or sniper ambush; or to kill him in a road crash to be staged during a visit to Geneva, such as by disorienting Milosovic's chauffeur using a blinding strobe light as the cavalcade passed through one of Geneva's motorway tunnels. It appears that the plan was not carried out.
Chapter 6 of the book does however detail how NATO aircraft specifically targeted Milosovic for assassination during the Kosovo war.
For anyone looking for a little insight into the story of one Harry Maurice Roberts, Chapter 16 of Web of Deceit, 'Malaya: War in Defence of the Rubber Industry', provides good background information into the activities Roberts would have undertaken during the Malaya 'Emergency' (read: Crisis of Capitalism) on behalf of the State that is now holding him in jail, with no reason given, twelve years after his 30 year life sentence tariff expired.