Police still searching for clues on Woolmer death; players allowed to leave

KINGSTON, March 25, 2007 (AFP) – One week after the strangling death of Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer, Jamaican police reported no arrests or conclusive leads, and stressed that team members were not under suspicion at this time. Before that, he was coach of South Africa when their former captain Hansie Cronje was bought off by bookmakers in 1996, but was never alleged to have been involved himself.

Investigators believe Woolmer probably knew his killer, or killers, as there was no sign of forced entry in the Kingston hotel room where the 58-year-old coach was found unconscious on Sunday before he was declared dead in hospital.

But they declared the Pakistani team in the clear, at least for the time being, and allowed them to leave the Caribbean island.

“There is nothing to suggest any of them is a suspect at this stage,” deputy police commissioner Mark Shields told journalists on Saturday.

Investigators did question three members of the team for a second time just before the players flew to London on their way to Pakistan on Saturday, after earlier interviewing all members of the team and taking DNA samples and fingerprints.

“They clarified a number of points,” Jamaica’s deputy commissioner of police Mark