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UN names panel to examine Dag Hammarskjold death in 1961

March 16, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq announced Monday that Mohamed Chande Othman, the chief justice of Tanzania, will chair the three-member panel. Its other members are Kerryn Macaulay, Australia’s representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, and Henrik Ejrup Larsen, a ballistic expert in the Danish National Police.

Haq said the panel will start work on March 30 and submit its report by June 30.

He noted that the General Assembly has also encouraged the 193 U.N. member states to release to the secretary-general any relevant information related to Hammarskjold’s death.

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