Pakistan not ruled out of Woolmer murder probe: police

KINGSTON, March 27, 2007 (AFP) – Detectives investigating the murder of cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Tuesday denied claims that Pakistan’s squad had been ruled out of the inquiry as potential suspects.

Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields said comments made by Pakistan spokesman Pervez Mir that detectives had cleared team members of any involvement in Woolmer’s death were “inaccurate.”

Speaking before Pakistan’s players flew home after a stop-over in London on Tuesday, Mir told reporters that Jamaican police had confirmed the Pakistan team were “not suspects” in Woolmer’s murder.

But Shields dismissed Mir’s claims in an interview with the BBC later Tuesday. “That’s a pretty inaccurate statement, because nobody at this stage can be ruled out of the inquiry,” Shields said.

Woolmer’s strangled body was found in his room on the 12th floor of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on March 18.

The 58-year-old former England international was later declared to have been murdered in “evil and extraordinary” circumstances, probably by someone he knew, detectives said.

But police have so far failed to reveal any significant breakthroughs as they hunt for Woolmer’s killer or