Full flights delay Bob's return

2007-04-25 07:59
Cape Town - Full flights between Jamaica and London and from there to South Africa have delayed the return of Bob Woolmer's body to South Africa.

Jamaican authorities allowed the remains of the murdered Pakistan coach to be released this week.

However, because of the Cricket World Cup, flights have been full and it has been difficult to co-ordinate flights so that Woolmer's body does not stay in London for too long.

It was clear by Tuesday evening that delays would be inevitable with the tournament reaching a climax this weekend.

Woolmer was murdered over five weeks ago in Kingston Jamaica.

An inquest had been scheduled to open on Monday, but was postponed by the Jamaican justice ministry on advice of the coroner. No reason was given for the delay.

Woolmer's wife Gill said at their house in Pinelands on Tuesday that no funeral arrangements had been made.

A spokesperson for the undertaker in Kingston said they were waiting to hear from the airlines about the first available flight.

Marie Roux, attaché at the South African High Commissioner's office, confirmed that the preliminary inquest had been postponed.

Asad Mustafa, an official with the Pakistan cricket board, was scheduled to accompany Woolmer's body to South Africa.

Mustafa stayed on in Jamaica after the Pakistan cricket team left.

His visa expires on Tuesday but a new one will be issued so that he can accompany Woolmer's body.

Roux said according to the undertaker the body would be returned to South Africa between Wednesday and Friday evening.

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