A BRIT who based a bunch who helped save tens of hundreds of lives in Syria has died simply days after Russian officers accused him of being a spy.
Former British Military Officer, James Le Mesurier was reported to have fallen to his death from a balcony at his house in Istanbul early Monday morning – however colleagues refute these claims insisting it might have been “impossible” to fall from the balcony.
Le Mesurier’s neighbour and a diplomat confirmed he had died, with the diplomat including circumstances surrounding his death had been unclear.
In 2013, Le Mesurier based the Mayday Rescue Basis – which went on to organise the White Helmets.
Identified formally as Syria Civil Defence, they’re credited with saving hundreds of individuals in rebel-held areas throughout years of bombing by Syrian authorities and Russian forces within the nation’s civil warfare.
Le Mesurier was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his work three years after the White Helmets was based.
Raed al-Salah, the top of the White Helmets advised The Independent: “We had been knowledgeable by his household that he had died.
“We read that the police found his body outside his home in Istanbul. But as of now, the police are investigating the case and have drawn no conclusions yet. We are waiting for the police report.”
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Mr Salah said the White Helmets were “devastated” upon hearing the news.
The former soldier had been accused by Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova of operating as an agent for MI6 in the Balkans and the Middle East.
Russia – who has close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – has previously slammed the White Helmets and accused them of supporting terrorist organisations.