Richard Goldstone Invited to Join Inquiry into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death
Justice Richard Goldstone has been invited to join a UN-backed inquiry into the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld. Hammarskjöld died in 1961 in an plane crash on the way to a peace mission in the Congo. Susan Williams examines the controversy surrounding his death in Who Killed Hammarskjöld?.
Justice Richard Goldstone has been invited to join a new United Nations (UN) backed inquiry into the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld who died in 1961 in an air crash on a mission to prevent newly independent Democratic Republic of the Congo spiralling into civil war.
A survivor and several witnesses said the aircraft was shot down, but a UN inquiry into the crash dismissed the claims. Eight months before Hammarskjöld’s death, Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba had been assassinated in Katanga.