Saturday, March 31, 2007


UK to assist in Woolmer inquiry

Detectives believe Mr Woolmer knew his killer or killers. Police in Jamaica investigating the murder of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer at the World Cup have accepted an offer of help from UK police.
Officers from Scotland Yard will fly out next week, Jamaican deputy police chief Mark Shields told the BBC.
Mr Woolmer was found strangled in his hotel room on 18 March, the day after Pakistan's surprise defeat to Ireland.
Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq has denied his team was guilty of match-fixing in the West Indies.
Police say they do not yet have any suspects in the case and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Speaking for the first time since Mr Woolmer's murder, Inzamam said that none of his team mates were involved in the criminal investigations into the death.
He described the last two weeks as the worst in his life and he said he had been deeply hurt by allegations in the Pakistan press about match-fixing.
He blamed the defeat to Ireland on a bad pitch.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is to hold a public memorial service for Mr Woolmer in Lahore's Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday while a second public memorial service will later be held in Cape Town, South Africa, where Mr Woolmer had lived with his family.
Complex case
Mr Shields said the aim of the small team of Scotland Yard detectives would be to review the investigation.

Mr Shields has urged visitors to Mr Woolmer's hotel to contact police
They will also look at scientific evidence, work with the Woolmer family and help guide the Jamaican force through what has become a complex case.
Scotland Yard had offered its help from the beginning of the investigation.
That offer was accepted after a letter from the Jamaican government.
Reports that police were seeking three Pakistani men, said to have fled the Caribbean on the day of the murder, have been denied by the Jamaican force.
Police are still reviewing CCTV footage from the hotel and examining the hard drive of Mr Woolmer's computer.
Detectives believe Mr Woolmer probably knew his killer - or killers - as there were no signs of forced entry into his room and none of his belongings had been stolen.



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