Le Van Thanh, 42, has turned down several requests for an interview from Brit investigators, according to former top cop
Le Van Thanh, 42, has seen an incredible transformation since the fateful night of the accident in the French capital 20 years ago.
Cabbie Le Van Thanh, 42, has now become a medal-winning bodybuilder
Van Thanh sits in his formerly white Fiat Uno after it was re-sprayed red
Diana’s car is pictured after the deadly Paris crash in August 1997
He is now a fitness fanatic, training at a gym in the centre of the city, and recently competed in regional and national bodybuilding championships, according to the Daily Mail.
Brit cops have been trying to get in touch with the medal-winning Van Thanh – who owned a similar car to one that struck Diana’s before the fatal smash – hoping to dispel conspiracy theories over Diana’s death, Lord Stevens claims.
The ex-Scotland yard chief told the paper he had tried to contact the taxi driver twice over the last year.
But the cabbie has reportedly turned down all requests for comment, insisting through his solicitor he had nothing to do with the crash.
Van Thanh has always denied being the driver of the car which was said to have fled the scene.
But Lord Stevens has now said he believes he was behind the wheel of the other vehicle.
He is quoted as saying: “What we have said to Mr Thanh is, ‘We believe you were the driver of the Fiat – talk us through what happened’.
“We don’t blame him for the accident. My Paget report said that a Fiat Uno was involved but was not the cause of the crash.
“We are still trying to interview him.”
The Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed died in a 60mph crash in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997.
Diana, pictured in 1989, died in a 60mph crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997
Van Thanh is pictured getting into his taxi in 2007, ten years after the crash
The taxi driver is now said to be a fitness fanatic, training at a gym in the centre of Paris
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A British inquest was launched to probe the cause of the crash, but Van Thanh declined to attend after being interviewed and released by French cops.
The inquest went on to blame paparazzi photographers chasing the car and driver Henri Paul, who was speeding and over the drink-driving limit.
The investigation ruled in 2008 that the death was the result of unlawful killing.
Previously, inquiries by both British and French police found the crash was an accident.
The car in which Diana died was a dangerous insurance write-off that flipped ten times in an earlier crash, it was claimed earlier this year.
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