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Scotland Yard yesterday confirmed its decision not to open a criminal investigation into a shock interview granted in 1995 by Princess Diana to a BBC journalist, whose “deceptive” methods were exposed in an independent report.
Police in London had already announced in March that it would not open an investigation, but had revisited the matter after the publication in May of an independent report, written by former Supreme Court Justice John Dyson . After the publication of this report, “specialized investigators evaluated its content and carefully examined the law.” But the investigators “did not identify any evidence of an activity constituting a criminal offense and thus will not initiate any follow-up”. Broadcast in the program Panorama in 1995 in front of 22 millions of people, the interview had propelled the career of Martin Bashir, now aged 58 years old, and had the effect of a bomb.
Michael Jackson had complained
The Princess, who died in 1997 in a car accident in Paris, pursued by paparazzi, had notably claimed that there were “three people” in her marriage – in reference to the relationship that Charles had with Camilla Parker Bowles – and admitted to having an affair herself. She also confided that she suffered from bulimia. But the interviewer was accused of falsifying documents to obtain this interview.
In his report, John Dyson confirmed this version and cheated the BBC for its handling of the case. After this interview, Martin Bashir had continued his career in the United States before returning to the United Kingdom to work for the BBC, until his resignation.
Besides Lady Di, he also interviewed Michael Jackson for a documentary made in 2003 for ITV. The now-deceased pop star complained to the British audiovisual regulator, accusing Martin Bashir of giving a distorted image of his behavior and conduct as a father.
In mid-May, the BBC announced the departure for health reasons of Martin Bashir, who had since been in charge 2016 for religious coverage for the group public audiovisual.