Attorney: No Evidence Pointing to Dead Lottery Winner's Wife

Autopsy confirms Urooj Khan died of cyanide poisoning, but how he ingested it remains a mystery

By Phil Rogers
|  Saturday, Mar 2, 2013  |  Updated 10:28 AM EDT
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Those hoping for stunning new clues from the exhumation of Urooj Khan's body were sorely disappointed. Phil Rogers reports.

Those hoping for stunning new clues from the exhumation of Urooj Khan's body were sorely disappointed. Phil Rogers reports.

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The sign said "open" but the doors were locked Friday at the north side cleaners lottery winner Urooj Khan owned and his wife, Shabana Ansari continues to operate.

An employee said she was not there, even though her car was parked outside.

Her attorney, Al-Haroon Husain, said he saw nothing in the medical examiner's report which implicated Ansari in her husband's cyanide-induced death.

“We don’t believe this report today shows anything we didn’t already know,” he said. “There is no evidence, we don’t believe there is going to be any evidence pointing to Ms. Ansari.”

The autopsy performed on Khan's body in January confirmed what authorities suspected: that Khan died of cyanide poisoning. How he ingested it, however, remains a mystery.

Husain insisted Ansari wants to know who or what killed her husband more than anyone else.

"This was her husband," said Husain. "She really wants to know what caused his death."

The lottery victim’s sister said she never had high hopes the autopsy would yield new clues.

“It would have been hard to detect, because it’s such a long time,” Meraj Khan said. “I was not surprised, but I was hoping that something would have come out with these test results.”

The family has stopped short of pointing fingers. But they have frequently noted that the victim’s wife Shabana Ansari and her father, were the only people with him (along with his 17 year old daughter) the night he died.

“It should not be where something that he would have carried around with him all day long, and functioned, and then had a dinner and have a chat with his daughter and wife, and then pass away,” Khan said. “It was something that would happen, maybe an hour or two at the most.”

Her husband, Mohammed Zaman has repeatedly said they are putting their faith in investigators, rather than making public accusations.

“We can’t really point at someone, but we can suspect,” he said. “He was a homicide victim. He did not die of natural causes.”
 

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