IWPR Director found Dead

By John Lee.

The newly-appointed Iraq Director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) has been found dead in suspicious circumstances at an Istanbul airport.

Local media reported that British woman Jacky Sutton, aged 50, had missed a connecting flight to Erbil, didn't have enough money to purchase a replacement ticket, and was found dead in the toilets a couple of hours later. According to some reports, she hanged herself with shoelaces.

Anthony Borden, Executive Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, has cast doubt on this explanation: "Clearly there would have been no issue (with money). It's really inconceivable. We change tickets all the time," he said. "She had toys in her bag for the children of staff [in Iraq] ... The profile doesn't strike me as right."

The ex-BBC journalist had been returning from a memorial service in London to for the former IWPR Iraq director, Ammar Al Shahbander, who was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad in May.

[Click here to read a subsequent statement from IWPR and the Sutton family]

(Sources: IWPR, Fox News, BBC News, Daily Mail)

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