Prime Minister: Syria must answer for UK surgeon's death

The Prime Minister has written a personal letter to the mother of a British surgeon who died in Syria calling his death as a "sickening" tragedy. Dr Abbas Khan's sister told ITV News that helping to find answers is "the least" the government can do.

Latest ITV News reports

Prime Minister: You are in our thoughts and prayers

A letter from the Prime Minister to the mother of Dr Abbas Khan has called the surgeon's death a "sickening and appalling tragedy" and says the Syrian regime must "answer for it".

Their despicable treatment of him and refusal to engage with us or the Czechs to enable us to support him is utterly unacceptable. We will continue to press for those responsible to be held to account.

The letter, dated December 20, finishes with a handwritten note saying: "You are in our thoughts and prayers".

Watch: UK 'must ask Syria why they have let this happen,' says sister

Advertisement

Scotland Yard 'actively involved' in British doctor's case

Scotland Yard is to be involved in the post-mortem process surrounding the death of British doctor Abbas Khan, the family's solicitor has said, after his body was flown back to the UK.

Nabeel Sheikh issued a statement which read:

The family are relieved that his body has been repatriated. Dr Khan is being transported by ambulance to the Coroner's Court in Walthamstow for the purposes of a post-mortem.

The Home Office is organising the process but, as a matter of course, Scotland Yard is actively involved given the circumstances surrounding Dr Khan's death are highly suspicious.

Advertisement

British surgeon's mother: 'Why did they kill my son?'

The mother of a British surgeon has demanded answers after accusing Syria of "killing" her son following his death in a Damascus prison.

The circumstances in which Dr Khan, a 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London, died while in detention in Syria remains in dispute.

Speaking after his body arrived back in the UK Fatima Khan said: "I don't know why they killed my son and I want to ask why. Why on the release date they killed my son, I want answers. They are liars, every ministry is liars in Damascus."

Background: Mother of British doctor accuses Syria of 'killing' her son

British surgeon Abbas Khan's body being flown home

Dr Abbas Khan entered Syria as a humanitarian worker from Turkey Credit: ITV News

British surgeon Abbas Khan's body is being flown to London this morning, just days after he was found dead in his cell. Syrian authorities have claimed that the surgeon from Streatham in South London took his own life, but his family insist he was murdered.

Mr Khan was arrested 48 hours after arriving in Syria last November.

Load more updates