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Court Drops Diana Charges

A Paris court threw out charges yesterday against a British photographer accused of invasion of privacy for taking and publishing intimate photos of Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, shortly before they were killed in a 1997 car crash.

Mohammed Al Fayed, Dodi's father, brought the case against photographer Jason Fraser over pictures of the couple on a yacht owned by the Egyptian billionaire off Portofino, Italy.

In a court hearing last month, state prosecutor Alexandre Aubert argued the yacht constituted "a private place in which two people weresurprised in their intimacy" - and urged the court to convict Fraser.

The Paris criminal court dropped the charges. Details of the court's reasons were not immediately available, nor whether prosecutors oral-Fayed would appeal against the ruling.

The photos made headlines across Britain in the last few days of August 1997, helping confirm the public image that Diana and Fayed were companions.

Diana, Fayed and their driver Henri Paul all died when their car crashed in the Pont d'Alma tunnel in August 31,1997.

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