Woolmer case: Police reject Inzy's charges
Jamaican Police dismiss the Pakistan World Cup captain's allegation that security lapse resulted in the coach's murder on March 18.Updated: Apr 11, 2007 16:37 IST
Jamaican Police have rubbished Pakistan World Cup captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's allegation that security lapse resulted in coach Bob Woolmer's murder in his hotel room in Kingston on March 18.
"He (Inzamam) is not a security specialist. ICC has endorsed our security arrangements before and after (the murder of Woolmer)," Assistant Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington said.
Inzamam recently alleged in an interview that security was not up to the mark in the West Indies and went on to say that had it been in another place, the World Cup would have been suspended after the murder.
The 58-year-old Woolmer was found unconscious in his room at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel hours after Pakistan lost to Ireland to crash out of the tournament. The Englishman was subsequently declared dead at the nearby University Hospital of the West Indies.
Ellington, also the chairman of the Local Security Committee for ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), said the security arrangements at the hotel were very much part of the murder investigation.
"I think it is out of order for anybody to be making any remarks as it relates to the procedure," he told The Gleaner.
The daily also said that footage of the closed circuit television (CCTV) on the 12th floor of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, where Woolmer's body was found, had been sent to England by the Scotland Yard detectives who are assisting with the probe.
Meanwhile, back in Pakistan, cricket authorities are hoping that Woolmer's body would be released for transportation to his adopted home in Cape Town by April 23.
Assistant manager of the Pakistan team Asad Mustafa, who is stationed here until the coroner releases the body, said the authorities have indicated about a final decision by April 23.
Mustafa said two Pakistani investigators, Mir Zubair and Kaleem Imam, had met Shields and were briefed about the case.
First Published: Apr 11, 2007 15:43 IST