Ex-M16 Agent Gives Evidence
A former British secret service agent from Ngaruawahia has given evidence at the inquest into the death of Princess Diana. Richard Tomlinson alleges that his former employer, M16, was responsible for the death of Diana and her lover Dodi Al Fayed. He claims that the Princess’s death was uncannily similar to a fate planned for Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic by MI6 in the early 1990s, which involved the use of a high-powered strobe light to disorient Milosevic’s driver and cause his car to crash in a tunnel. Lord Justice Scott Baker dismissed Tomlinson’s evidence as unreliable, but the theory remains popular with many following the case. Tomlinson was fired from MI6 in 1995 after working for them for four years. In 1997, he was charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act by attempting to publish his memoirs, and was jailed for a year. His book was eventually published in 2001.