Murder fears as Brit White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier ‘plunges to death’ after Russia accused him of being spy – The SunNovember 11, 2019
A BRIT who founded a group who helped save tens of thousands of lives in Syria has died just days after Russian officials accused him of being a spy.
Former British Army Officer, James Le Mesurier was reported to have fallen to his death from a balcony at his home in Istanbul early Monday morning – but colleagues refute these claims insisting it would have been "impossible" to fall from the balcony.
Le Mesurier's neighbour and a diplomat confirmed he had died, with the diplomat adding circumsatnces surrounding his death were unclear.
In 2013, Le Mesurier founded the Mayday Rescue Foundation – which went on to organise the White Helmets.
Known officially as Syria Civil Defence, they are credited with saving thousands of people in rebel-held areas during years of bombing by Syrian government and Russian forces in the country's civil war.
Le Mesurier was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his work three years after the White Helmets was founded.
Raed al-Salah, the head of the White Helmets told The Independent: "We were informed by his family 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."
Mr Salah said the White Helmets were "devastated" upon hearing the news.
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