Jamaica police deny Younis~~s accusations

Published: Monday, April 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Kingston:Jamaica police in charge of late Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's murder investigation have dismissed allegations by star batsman Younis Khan that the entire team was treated like criminals in the aftermath of the incident.

''We had 100 per cent co-operation from the Pakistan team. They were treated with dignity and respect at a time when their coach had recently died under tragic circumstances. They were very upset, however we had to do our job and we did it as sensitively as we possible could,'' said Mark Shields, the Jamaican Police deputy commissioner who is leading the probe.

Earlier a dejected Younis, who turned down the captaincy offer for the second time, has criticised the Jamaica police for the way they handled the entire Woolmer saga.

''At one stage I got so angry with the way we were being treated I told the Jamaican authorities we are international cricketers not criminals,'' Younis was quoted by the Dawn as saying.

''I told them why are you suspecting us of murdering Woolmer? In him we have lost a father figure,'' he added.

Meanwhile, expressing astonishment over Younis's remarks, the former Scotland Yard detective said, ''I personally spoke to the players and there was no indication from any player or match official that they had been treated in any other way than with dignity and respect as we treat everybody.''

''We have received nothing but praise from the Pakistan diplomats here recently for the way in which we have handled the investigations and we now have two Pakistan policemen here, who are working alongside us,'' Mr Shields continued, adding, ''frankly I am very surprised and disappointed by that statement but he is entitled to his views.''


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