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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Multinational force probes Baghdad death

The security firm which employed a guard accused of shooting dead an Australian resident in Baghdad has issued a statement expressing its deepest sympathy at what happened.

Unity Resources Group says a formal investigation into the incident is being carried out by the multinational force in Iraq.

Professor Kays Juma, 72, was shot dead at a security checkpoint in Baghdad last weekend.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says it is claimed the Australian resident was shot because he was in a car that failed to stop at the checkpoint.

Unity Resources Group says multinational forces and Iraqi police were also present at the checkpoint at the time.

The company says it is cooperating fully with Iraqi authorities and is in ongoing contact with Australian consular officials in Baghdad.

The Department of Foreign Affairs understands Professor Juma lived in Baghdad for most of the year with his Australian wife, Barbara.

His wife is now en route home.



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