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Timothy Hampton (47) arbeidet som inspektør for organisasjonen som overvåker prøvesprengingsavtalen, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation. Tirsdag kveld ble han funnet død ved foten av en 17 etasjer høy trapp i et FN-bygg i Wien. Selv arbeider han på sjette etasje. Østerrrikerne var raskt ut med å konstatere selvmord. Men enken nektet å godta en slik forklaring. Hun er selv inspektør for IAEA, FNs atombyrå. Hun fikk en ny lege til å foreta en obduksjon, og denne sier det er ting som tyder på drap.

Now a doctor who undertook a second post-mortem examination on behalf of the family believes she has found evidence that Mr Hampton did not die by his own hands.

Professor Kathrin Yen, of the Ludwig Institute in Graz, Austria, which specialises in traumatology research, said she had more tests to complete on Mr Hampton, who had a three-year-old son with Ms Gryshcuk.

But she said one possible theory was that Mr Hampton was carried to the 17th floor from his workplace on the sixth floor and thrown to his death.

Professor Yen used new forensic techniques to detect internal bruising caused by strangulation which would not be visible to the eye.

She said: ‘In my opinion, it does not look like suicide. My example is that somebody took him up to the top floor and took him down.

‘At the moment I don’t have the police reports. We did a CT scan. From the external exam, I saw injuries on the neck but these were not due to strangulation.’

It is expected to take three weeks for blood test results to come back. Austrian police said they believe Mr Hampton committed suicide.

For ett år siden døde en amerikaner under tilsvarende omstendigheter. Også han ble funnet liggende ved foten av en trapp. Copycat, sier østerrikerne.

Under a year ago, an American died at the IAEA in strikingly similar circumstances, his body being found at the bottom of a stairwell.

A UN spokeswoman said an investigation into that case continues, though Austrian police have concluded it was suicide.

Kona var på jobb i Japan da mannen døde. De har et tre år gammelt barn sammen.


British nuclear expert’s 17th floor UN death plunge ‘was not suicide’