Woolmer death: Legal action?

2007-06-08 21:53
Port Au Prince - Pakistan Cricket World Cup spokesperson Pervez Jamil Mir says Jamaican police could face legal action for declaring their coach Bob Woolmer's death a homicide.

Mir claimed the high-profile case unfairly cast suspicion on Pakistan's players.

A Jamaican newspaper reported recently that Scotland Yard investigators had concluded that Woolmer died of natural causes after his team's upset by Ireland in the CWC on March 17 and that he had not been strangled as local police had said.

Scotland Yard declined to comment on the report and said it would not discuss the toxicology tests that a British government lab conducted for Jamaican authorities.

Several media outlets have reported that Jamaican police will announce they believe the 58-year-old Woolmer died in his hotel room in Jamaica of natural causes.

Jamaican Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas said on Wednesday that his office had new information in the case and would make an announcement in coming days, but refused to comment on the reports.

Woolmer's body was found in his Kingston hotel room on March 18 and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

A government pathologist initially called Woolmer's death "inconclusive" but four days later ruled he had been strangled.

Three Pakistan team members, including squad captain Inzamam ul-Haq, were fingerprinted and swabbed for DNA as part of the investigation, though police said they were never officially suspects.

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