A series of secret service agents will begin giving evidence today (26.02.08) at the inquest into the death of Princess Diana.

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The room at London’s High Court will be cleared of everyone except the jury, lawyers, interest parties and courtroom officials in order to protect the identities of the witnesses.

Members of the public and press will have to sit in the annex to Court 73 and each agent will be identified solely by a letter or number. Their faces will remain concealed at all times during the proceedings.

Among those due to appear is the MI6 agent known only as ‘A’, who is said to have drawn up detailed plans to kill a top Balkan leader suspected of genocide to prevent him from coming to power.

However, the plans were quickly rejected by the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service).

Last week, former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove told the inquest rumours the service had murdered Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed were “utterly ridiculous”.

He told the jury he was not aware of the agency carrying out any killing during his extensive career. Dodi’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, has always insisted the MI6 – on orders from Prince Philip – were behind a plot to murder the couple and make it look like a tragic accident.

He claims the British establishment wanted the couple dead because they were about to announce their engagement and Diana was pregnant. Diana and Dodi, and their driver Henri Paul, died on August 31st 1997, after their car smashed into pillar 13 of Paris’ Pont d’Alma tunnel.