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Syria: Report shows UK doctor committed suicide

December 18, 2013

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s Foreign Ministry says a British doctor who died in government custody committed suicide, and X-rays show no sign of violence or mistreatment.

Syria’s state news agency says government officials handed over a medical report detailing the death of the doctor, Abbas Khan, to a representative of the Czech Embassy on Wednesday.

Britain, which has suspended its diplomatic services in Syria, had been seeking consular access to Khan through the Czechs and others.

Syrian government troops seized Khan, a 32-year-old orthopedic surgeon from London, in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2012 after he entered the country on a humanitarian mission. He appeared to be on the verge of being released when his death was announced this week.

A senior British official has accused the Syrian government of effectively murdering Khan.