London court: British surgeon killed unlawfully in Syrian jail

By REUTERS
October 27, 2014 14:11

LONDON - A British surgeon who died in a Syrian prison last year after traveling to work in Aleppo was unlawfully killed, a London jury ruled on Monday.

Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old orthopedic surgeon from London, was detained in Syria almost two years ago and found dead in a prison cell last December.

Shortly after his death, his family said he had been arrested within 48 hours of arriving in Syria to volunteer as an emergency doctor.

Khan's family had not believed the official explanation for the death given by the Syrian authorities - that he had committed suicide by hanging days before his scheduled release - and his body was brought back to Britain.


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