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No charges for Al Fayed

HARRODS owner Mohammed Al Fayed will not be charged over a claim he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in his store last year, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday.

The allegations relate to claims made in a newspaper that the 76-year-old assaulted the girl last May.

The CPS said there was "no realistic prospect of conviction."

In October, Fayed voluntarily attended a police interview under caution and denied the allegation.

"Having reviewed statements and other material submitted to us, we concluded that, in the light of the conflicting evidence and the absence of sufficiently reliable accounts of crucial events, there was no realistic prospect of conviction," the CPS said.

Fayed said he was appalled by the way the investigation had been handled by police and launched an attack on the justice system. "I am shocked that the system can be manipulated in such a way," he said. "It cannot be right that an accused person is publicly named before proceedings are brought."

The Egyptian-born businessman, who also owns Premiership football club Fulham, has had a difficult relationship with the British authorities ever since his request for a British passport was refused.


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