Chemical experts to test body of Syria death doctor

Experts on the use of chemicals for torture will conduct tests on the body of a British doctor who died in custody in Syria, a pre-inquest hearing has been told.

The Syrian regime claim Dr Abbas Khan, an orthopaedic surgeon from London, killed himself but his family insist he was murdered.

Abbas Khan died in custody in Syria. Credit: PA Wire

The family's counsel told a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice that tests for "chemical agents" that are used by states who "indulge in torture" would be carried out.

A full jury inquest into the 32-year-old's death would be carried out in later this year with a provisional start date set for October 13.

Dr Khan left behind wife Hanna and two young children, son Abdullah and daughter Rurayya.