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Nick Griffin's doubts over Dr Khan's 'suicide' in Syria

Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin told an inquest that it was possible the death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syrian prison, had been made to look like suicide or that he was pressured into killing himself.

Former BNP leader Nick Griffin. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Dr Khan, a 32-year-old father-of-two from London, died on 16th December 2013 while in custody in Damascus.

Mr Griffin paid two visits to Syria in June 2013 and August 2013 and said during the first, he spoke about Dr Khan to the minister for information, the prime minister and a high-placed businessman who had President Assad's ear.

In further contact Mr Griffin was told that Dr Khan would be released, however he subsequently heard from Dr Khan's mother who told him: "they have killed him."

Dr Khan's family claim he was murdered, but the Syrian government always maintained that the surgeon killed himself and was found hanging in a jail cell.

Mr Griffin said he believed Dr Khan's death was brought about to prevent his release.

I concluded, purely as speculation, is that the way a group would try to stop that [Dr Khan's release] would be to so frighten him, in the light of the horrible experiences in the early days of his detention, that he would kill himself.

– Nick Griffin

Ex-BNP leader Griffin offers support to Adam Walker

Ex-Leader Leader of the BNP Nick Griffin. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin has issued a statement explaining his ousting as party head, insisting he is staying within the right-wing political party.

On the BNP website, Griffin said:

Rest assured that I am most definitely staying with the British National Party as an active member, and I will be there to offer Adam [Walker] advice and support as and when he needs it...

– Nick Griffin

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Nick Griffin 'steps aside' as BNP chairman

Nick Griffin has "stepped aside" as chairman of the British National Party following a meeting of the BNP's National Executive on July 19th.

Mr Griffin will now become the party's president, while former teacher Adam Walker has taken on the role of Acting Chairman.

Nick Griffin has 'stepped aside' from the BNP leadership, the party has announced. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The party suffered a series of defeats in the recent European and local elections, with none of their MEPs re-elected.

BNP leader Nick Griffin loses European Parliament seat

Far-right BNP leader Nick Griffin lost his European Parliament seat tonight. Credit: PA

British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been ousted as an MEP - but said Ukip supporters were racists who would turn back to his party when they realised Nigel Farage would not "send them all home".

The far-right party lost both its European Parliament seats in the North West, with Labour taking three, Ukip three and the Conservatives two.

After six months on taxpayer-funded severance pay, he said he intended to campaign in the region - partly by setting up food banks exclusively for "our people".

Scuffles broke out as Mr Farage arrived at Manchester Town Hall for the count.

Protesters screaming, "Nazi scum" surrounded his car and dozens of police officers struggled to keep them separated from Mr Griffin and a handful of his supporters.

Admitting his party would be described as "racist", Mr Griffin said: "Ukip want to keep in white Poles but let in huge numbers of Pakistanis and Africans. That is a huge difference."

BNP leader Nick Griffin concedes Euro election defeat

BNP leader Nick Griffin appeared to have lost his European Parliament seat tonight.

Apparently conceding he would no longer be an MEP in the North West, he tweeted from his @nickgriffinmep account:

Scuffles broke out as he arrived at Manchester Town Hall for the Euro elections count.

Protesters screaming, "Nazi scum" surrounded his car and dozens of police officers struggled to keep them separated from Mr Griffin and a handful of his supporters.

Mr Griffin blamed Ukip for his defeat, claiming they were now the protest party of choice, were not anti-immigration and were "anti-working class and going nowhere".

BNP: 'Schumacher would do anything to be bankrupt'

The BNP's head press officer Simon Darby reportedly said "Michael Schumacher has millions in the bank, but he'd do anything to be in Nick's (Griffin) position now" after the party's leader was declared bankrupt.

The racing driver, who suffered a severe head injury while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel in France last Sunday, remains in an artificially-induced coma in hospital.

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BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt for a year

Nick Griffin at a protest in June Credit: ITV News

BNP leader Nick Griffin will be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in one year, on January 2 2015, in accordance with the Insolvency Act.

He was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the North West region of England in 2009. He has vowed to stand again in May.

The Electoral Commission said bankruptcy in itself does not bar someone from being an MEP or standing for election, but only if a bankruptcy restrictions order or debt relief restrictions order was made - which did not occur in Mr Griffin's case.

BNP leader Nick Griffin is declared bankrupt

The BNP leader Nick Griffin has confirmed he has been declared bankrupt, but that it does not affect his role as an MEP:

A listing at the Insolvency Service showed Mr Griffin was declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown County Court yesterday.

Nick Griffin travels to Syria on 'fact finding mission'

BNP leader Nick Griffin has revealed to his Twitter followers that he has arrived in Damascus on what he claims is a "fact finding mission".

The far-right politician said life in the Syrian capital was "normal" and referred to the country as a "stable secular state".

Nick Griffin tweeted a photo appearing to show he had arrived in Syria Credit: Twitter / @nickgriffinmep

"Cameron and Hague plan to send UK money and weapons to rebels dominated by Islamist jihadis like killers of Lee Rigby," he tweeted.

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