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British doctor 'unlawfully killed' in Syria

A jury has returned a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into the death of British doctor in a Syrian prison.

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

His family claim he was murdered, but the Syrian government has always maintained that the orthopaedic surgeon killed himself and was found hanging in a jail cell.

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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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