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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesai (Oct. 2,2002 – Tahitipress)---"Hakuna Matata," the ship owned by former NBA player Brian Williams, is beig claimed by his family.

Williams, also known as Bison Dele, mysteriously disappeared in July 2002, along with girlfriend Serena Karlan and French skipper Bertrand Saldo, while sailing in French Polynesia.

"For the moment, the ship is under judiciary control. We will not allow the ship to go to the United States before the end of all the scientific tests required by the investigation," said an officer in charge of Bison Dele's case in Pape‘ete.

"The ship will leave Taravao and Tahiti's peninsula for the Pape‘ete harbour, about 50 miles away. It will be kept by the French navy at the Pape‘ete naval base," he added.

The trip of the luxury 55-foot catamaran "Hakuna Matata" to the United States will not occur for at least two months. The ship is worth $250,000.

Williams, his girlfriend and the skipper mysteriously disappeared around July 7 while at sea aboard the "Hakuna Matata".

The prime suspect in the alleged triple murder is Williams’ brother, Kevin Williams, also known as Miles Dabord, who died Sept. 26 at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif., near San Diego. Kevin Williams had been brain dead since being found in a coma Sept. 14 in Tijuana, Mexico.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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