Syria says UK doctor's body to be sent to Beirut

19th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

The body of a British doctor whose death in a Syrian jail was announced this week will be transported to Britain's embassy in Beirut, Syria's deputy foreign minister told AFP Thursday.

"At the family's request, the Syrian authorities and International Committee of the Red Cross are carrying out a final autopsy to find out the causes of Abbas Khan's death," said Faisal Muqdad.

"Then his body will be transferred to Lebanon, by tomorrow (Friday) at the latest," he said, adding that the body will be "handed over to the British embassy in Beirut".

Syria's regime was accused by London of murdering the doctor in prison.

But the authorities on Wednesday said Khan was found "hanging" in his cell, where he was being held for "unauthorised activities", and that he had committed suicide.

Khan, a volunteer with London-based charity Human Aid UK, had travelled to Aleppo last year to help civilians but was captured by the regime.

His family on Tuesday said they were "shocked and devastated" by the news of his death.

A Syrian monitoring group has accused the authorities of torturing Khan to death.

© 2013 AFP

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