Saturday, Oct 24th, 2009
Austrian police have begun investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a British nuclear expert involved in Iranian talks at a UN building in Vienna.
Timothy Hampton, who had joined the United Nation’s team for the talks between Iran, France, Russia and the United States, died after falling off the 17th floor of the Vienna International Center.
Hampton had been a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
A UN spokeswoman in Vienna told the Austrian Times that Hampton was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell at 08:30 local time on Tuesday morning, one day before the high-level talks were set to resume.
Although the police have not ruled out suicide completely, they say that the nuclear expert may have possibly been murdered, as investigators have not discovered a note from Hampton indicating that he planned to kill himself.
“Vienna police are investigating the incident and there is nothing else we can say,” said Anne Thomas.
Sources told The Sun that the circumstances surrounding Hampton’s death were suspicious.
“The timing adds to suspicions and the whole thing is a mystery,” they said according to the British paper.
Hampton’s suspicious death at the Vienna International Centre- one of main UN headquarters along with New York, Nairobi and Geneva- is not the first of its kind.
According to UN staff members, four months ago, an employee, who was also believed to be British, lost his life in a similar case when plunging down from a comparable height.
This article was posted: Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 4:04 am