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A British ex-soldier who helped discovered Syria’s White Helmets volunteer group died because of a fall, Turkish forensic consultants have concluded.
James Le Mesurier was discovered useless on a road beneath a window of his flat in Istanbul’s Beyoglu space on 11 November.
A autopsy examination discovered the reason for demise was “common physique trauma linked to a fall from peak”, state broadcaster TRT mentioned on Monday.
No DNA belonging to a different individual was discovered, it added.
The non-public information channel NTV in the meantime mentioned a toxicology report confirmed Le Mesurier, 48, had taken sleeping capsules.
Final week, the state-run Anadolu information company mentioned Le Mesurier’s Swedish spouse, Emma Winberg, had instructed police that he contemplated suicide within the days earlier than his demise and had began taking remedy for a “stress dysfunction”.
She mentioned that on the night time of his demise Le Mesurier had taken a sleeping capsule at 02:00, Anadolu cited a police assertion as saying.
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He awoke when she went to mattress about two-and-a-half hours later and requested her if she needed a sleeping capsule as properly, it added.
Ms Winberg reportedly mentioned she wakened between 05:30 and 06:00, when the police knocked on the door of their flat. She then noticed her husband’s physique.
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Media captionAfter the bombs go off in Syria, the White Helmets go in
Mr Le Mesurier was extensively thought-about a founding father of the White Helmets.
The organisation, which is also called the Syria Civil Defence, helps rescue civilians caught up in assaults in areas of Syria managed by the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2016, the White Helmets obtained the Proper Livelihood Award in recognition for “excellent bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians”. Later the identical 12 months the group was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
However the Syrian authorities and its allies Russia and Iran have accused the White Helmets of aiding terrorist teams – one thing the organisation has denied.
Per week earlier than he died, the Russian international ministry accused Le Mesurier of being a former agent of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, higher often known as MI6. The UK’s ambassador to the UN mentioned the declare was “categorically unfaithful”.
Le Mesurier obtained an OBE from the Queen in 2016 for “providers to the Syria Civil Defence group and the safety of civilians in Syria”.