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'Mushtaq Ahmed passed champagne bottles to Woolmer'

Last updated on: May 10, 2007 19:17 IST

In a new twist to the Bob Woolmer murder case, a Pakistan television channel claimed on Thursday that two champagne bottles that were reportedly mixed with a poisonous substance were passed on to deceased coach by Pakistan's bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed.

Ahmed, who received the bottles from someĀ other person, passed them to Woolmer, ARY TV quoted Pakistan's media manager for the World Cup, Pervez Mir, as saying.

Mir said team manager Talat Ali was witness to it.

According to reports in British media, some weed killer was mixed with the champagne bottles.

ARY TV reported that Ali and the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf declined to comment on it

According to the channel, Mir stated that Ahmed passed on the two bottles to Woolmer and only Ali and Ahmed knew the identity of the person who handed over the bottles.

The bottles were recovered from the Pegasus hotel room of Woolmer, who died under mysterious circumstances a day after Pakistan's shocking World Cup defeat at the hands of Ireland.

The television channel report also said that one bottle was empty and the other was not used.

Mir said Woolmer used to drink beer and he rarely consumed champagne.

Former leg spinner Ahmed is allegedly an activist of Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic religious outfit, and former skipper Inzamam-ul Haq had come under criticism for taking Ahmed on as a bowling coach.