The body of a British surgeon who
died in a Syrian prison arrived in Lebanon on Saturday en route
to the United Kingdom, witnesses said.
A Red Cross ambulance carried the coffin of Abbas Khan, an
orthopedic surgeon from south London who had gone to Syria to
work in rebel-held Aleppo, across the border into Lebanon.
Khan's family say they do not believe the explanation of his
death given by Syrian authorities - that he committed suicide by
hanging, days before his scheduled release.
His mother Fatima Khan went to visit him in prison in
Damascus on Monday but was told he had died. She accused the
intelligence services of President Bashar al-Assad of killing
"They murdered my baby, they killed my baby, this is
murder," she told reporters in Beirut.
Khan, 32, was detained in Aleppo 13 months ago, shortly
after he entered Syria from Turkey. The body of the father of
two is expected to be flown to the United Kingdom on Sunday.