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Northern Ireland news

Man quizzed over death of former journalist Austin Hunter in Bahrain

Austin Hunter was on assignment with NI-CO in Bahrain when the crash occurred
Staff Reporter

A MAN has been questioned by police in Bahrain in connection with the death of a leading Northern Ireland media figure.

Austin Hunter (64) was knocked down and killed in a road crash in the Arab state at the weekend.

The Co Tyrone born father-of-two was on business in the Middle East. The suspect was arrested in the wake of the incident.

In a career spanning 45 years, Mr Hunter held a range of influential jobs in media and public relations.

A former editor of the Belfast News Letter, he also worked as a broadcast journalist for BBC Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles.

In recent years he worked overseas as a media consultant for Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) - an organisation that sends local experts to advise state bodies abroad.

He was on assignment with NI-CO in Bahrain when the crash occurred.

The Hunter family said they did not wish to comment on the arrest.

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