Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Inquest Has No Power to Force Burrell Back to UK; Bragging: Burrell Said He Had Held Back Facts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Inquest Has No Power to Force Burrell Back to UK; Bragging: Burrell Said He Had Held Back Facts

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA

PAUL BURRELL has refused to return to the Diana inquest after a videoshowed him admitting he lied in court, it was revealed today.

The former royal butler was asked to make a second appearance at the High Courthearing to explain discrepancies between his evidence and comments he latermade during a secret recording.

In the tape, he bragged about not telling the whole truth, introducing 'redherrings' when he appeared in court and holding back facts.

But Mr Burrell has refused to return from his Florida home to explain himself.

Coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker today admitted he does not have the power toforce the 49-year-old to give further evidence.

At the hearing this morning, he said: "Mr Burrell is abroad and I have no powerto compel a witness to attend to give evidence and he says that he is not goingto be in the United Kingdom in the near future." Sections of a transcript ofthe secret video recording appeared in The Sun last month. While the coronercan not demand Mr Burrell returns to the UK, the former butler could still facecriminal charges if it is found he lied at the hearing.

If he sets foot in Britain, he could be arrested for contempt of court andtried on perjury charges, which carry a maximum jail sentence of 10 years.

In a statement, inquest officials said: "The coroner asked him to give furtherevidence, either in person, or via videolink, from abroad.

"Mr Burrell has refused to do this and as he is currently outside the court'sjurisdiction, the coroner has no power to compel him to give evidence.

"In these circumstances, the coroner has decided that further information fromMr Burrell should be read to the jury to ensure they have as complete a pictureas possible.

"The coroner's purpose, in seeking to recall Mr Burrell, was for him to explainthe alleged inconsistencies between what he said in evidence and what he saidon the occasion referred to in The Sun. …

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