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Cricket

Woolmer inquest postponed

KINGSTON, Jamaica — An inquest into the homicide of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer has been postponed indefinitely because of "recent and significant developments" in the case, the Jamaican government said Thursday.

A statement from Jamaica’s Justice Ministry did not give details on the developments that led to the postponing of the coroner’s inquest, which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

"The coroner has been advised ... that there are recent and significant developments concerning the death of Mr. Robert Woolmer," the ministry said. "These new developments are critical to the progress and the eventual result of the investigation."

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Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room March 18 and pronounced dead at a hospital the day after his powerhouse Pakistani squad was upset at cricket’s World Cup by Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day.

A pathologist who conducted Woolmer’s autopsy initially ruled his that the cause of the death was inconclusive but four days later determined he had been strangled.

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