White Helmets founder’s wife barred from leaving Turkey

Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death.

Anadolu Agency reports Thursday that James Le Mesurier's Swedish wife, Emma Winberg, was questioned by police on Wednesday. Authorities imposed the travel ban in case she needs to be questioned again.

Le Mesurier was found dead outside his Istanbul home on Nov. 11. Police believe he fell to his death and are investigating the circumstances.

Airport workers prepare to upload the coffin of former British army officer James Le Mesurier onto a cargo plane prior to his repatriation at Istanbul Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says the body of Le Mesurier who co-found the White Helmets volunteer group in Syria, has been transferred to Istanbul's main airport to be flown to London, following an autopsy. (IHA via AP)

Private DHA news agency said police were examining the couple’s electronic devices.

Last week a top Russian official had alleged Le Mesurier was a spy — a claim Britain strongly denies.

His body was flown to London on Wednesday.