A former British military officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer group in Syria, was found dead in Istanbul early Monday, Turkish officers and the group stated.
James Le Mesuriers physique was found close to his house in the Beyoglu district by worshippers on their method to a mosque, the state-run Anadolu information company reported.
The Istanbul governors workplace stated complete administrative and judicial investigations had been initiated into Le Mesuriers loss of life.
Anadolu stated police established that nobody had entered or left his house on the time of the incident, and so they imagine he could have fallen to his loss of life.
Le Mesurier was the founder and CEO of Could Day Rescue, which based and educated the White Helmets, often known as the Syria Civil Protection, a bunch of native humanitarian volunteers. Anadolu stated he was 48 and had moved to Turkey along with his spouse 4 years in the past.
The White Helmets confirmed his loss of life on its Fb web page.
The household of the Syrian Civil Protection extends its deepest condolences to his household, and we specific our deepest sorrow and solidarity along with his household, as it’s our obligation to commend his humanitarian efforts, which the Syrians will at all times bear in mind, the group stated.
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The Syrian authorities and its allies, together with Russia, have been vital of the White Helmets volunteers, accusing them of being brokers of international powers, being terrorists for working in rebel-controlled areas and of staging chemical assaults.
The group, which has had greater than 3,000 volunteers in opposition-held areas, says it has saved hundreds of lives since 2013 and documented Syrian authorities assaults on civilians and different infrastructure.
Final week, Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had accused Le Mesurier of being a former British agent who has been noticed all world wide, together with in the Balkans and the Center East.
Given the position of the West in undermining stability in these areas, it isn’t troublesome to imagine what the British intelligence officer did there, she stated.
Her feedback had been apparently prompted by a press release final week by a British Overseas Workplace official in regards to the White Helmets coming underneath strain.
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Turkeys non-public DHA information company stated authorities had been investigating whether or not Le Mesurier had dedicated suicide, saying he had allegedly been on anti-depressant capsules. Anadolu additionally reported that Le Mesuriers spouse instructed police her husband had been taking drugs to deal with excessive stress and that they’d moved to the neighborhood to be near a well being heart.
Anadolu stated his spouse instructed police they’d been up till four a.m., then took sleeping capsules. She was woken by the doorbell lower than two hours later and noticed her husbands physique from the open window of their Third-floor residence.
DHA stated Le Mesuriers physique was awaiting an post-mortem.
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