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Minister: Abbas Khan's family deserve answers

Tobias Ellwood, Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, said there could be no excuse for the "reprehensible treatment" suffered by Dr Abbas Khan at the hands of the Syrian regime.

“Dr Khan’s imprisonment without consular access was unacceptable. The Foreign Office consistently sought access and pressed for his detention to be reviewed including through ministers and international partners.

The Syrian regime ignored these approaches. It can no longer do so. His family deserve answers and those responsible for Dr Khan’s death should be brought to justice. This is yet another example of the brutal nature of the Syrian regime which has killed thousands of innocent civilians.”

– Tobias Ellwood, Foreign Office minister

Abbas Khan family 'vindicated' by unlawful killing verdict

The family of a 32-year-old south London doctor who died in a Syrian prison has welcomed a jury's finding that he was unlawfully killed.

Abbas Khan was captured in Aleppo in November 2012 after travelling from Turkey and died in December last year.

The mother of Abbas Khan, Fatima Khan (left), his sister Sara and brother Afroze speak outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Credit: Press Association

Following a two-week trial at the Royal Courts of Justice, the jury found there was no evidence that he had gone to Syria to fight.

Outside court, Dr Khan's brother, Afroze Khan, said: "We have always maintained that our brother was an innocent man who travelled to Syria for no other reason than helping injured civilians in the conflict. We have always maintained that he was mistreated, maltreated and tortured by the Syrian authorities and that he was murdered by the Syrians.

"Today, our position as a family has been vindicated completely. All the allegations against my brother - that he had gone for any other reason - have been disproved today."

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Abbas Khan unlawfully killed in Syria, jury decides

Dr Abbas Khan died in a prison in Damascus at the end of last year. Credit: ITV News/Family handout

The jury at the inquest of Dr Abbas Khan has ruled that the British doctor was unlawfully killed when he died in a Syrian prison in December 2013.

The medical cause of death was not ascertained but the jury concluded Dr Khan was deliberately and intentionally killed without any legal justification.

Syrian authorities claim Dr Khan was found hanged

Syrian authorities claim that British doctor Dr Abbas Khan was found hanging in his jail cell, an inquest has heard.

During the opening of an inquest today into the 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon's death, Chief Inspector Grant Mallon told Walthamstow Coroner's Court that the Syrian authorities had stated that Dr Khan's body had been found hanging.

Dr Abbas Khan died while imprisoned by Syrian security forces. Credit: ITV News/Family handout

The officer said Syrian doctors had determined the cause of death was "asphyxiation by hanging", and had found "no traces of violence or torture".

The coroner adjourned the inquest for a review on February 27 next year.

The inquest opening came a day after a funeral prayer service was held for Dr Khan at a packed Regent's Park mosque in London.

Inquest opened into death of British doctor in Syrian jail

Abbas Khan was reportedly days away from being freed by Syrian authorities Credit: ITV News/Family handout

An inquest into the death of a British doctor who was found dead in a prison in Syria has been opened and adjourned.

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Inquest to open into death of British doctor in Syria

An inquest is due to be opened into the death of a British doctor who was found dead in his cell in Syria earlier this month.

Dr Abbas Khan was on the verge of being released when he was found dead in his cell, with the Syrian regime claiming he took his own life and his family alleging he was murdered.

Dr Allas Khan went to Syria over a year ago to help treat casualties of war. Credit: ITV News/Family handout

The inquest into his death will formally open at 11am this morning at Walthamstow Coroner's court.

The 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo after travelling from Turkey to help victims of the conflict.

British doctor's mother calls herself a 'failure'

The distraught mother of a British surgeon found dead in a Syrian prison said she was a "failure" and told people not to comfort her as she attended her son's funeral.

Fatima Khan (second right) mother of Dr Abbas Khan. Credit: PA

In a very distressed state outside the mosque, Dr Khan's mother wailed and as well-wishers tried to comfort her, she said: "Nobody help me, I love my son. I am the loser. I'm the failure."

She added: "I beg everybody. I touch everyone's feet. Please give me my son."

A man then wrapped his arm around her and brought her to a car and she was driven away.

Brother's tribute to 'star' British doctor who died in Syria

The brother of a British doctor who was found dead in a Syrian prison has paid a moving tribute to him, describing him as "our star."

Dr Abbas Khan was on the verge of being released when he was found dead, with the Syrian regime claiming he took his own life and his family alleging he was murdered.

Dr Abbas Khan was a surgeon from London who died while being held captive in Syria Credit: Family handout

The 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo after travelling from Turkey to help victims of hospital bombings. His death was announced on December 17.

At a packed funeral prayer service at Regent's Park mosque in London, his brother Shahnawaz Khan said: "Last night I sat down to undertake the morbid task of writing a eulogy for my brother. My brother, to us, was our star. His star shone on our family."

Dr Khan was described by his brother as the "kindest and simplest man I've ever met".

Mr Khan spoke of "the evil that has taken him from us so cruelly" and said the family had been through "one of the most difficult times we have ever seen".

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