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Inquest opened into death of UK doctor in Syrian prison

The inquest into the death of a British doctor in a Syrian prison has been open and adjourned. Dr Abbas Khan was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death.

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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.

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