Body of British doctor who died in Syria arrived in UK

Abbas Khan  coffin in beirutThe body of British doctor Abbas Khan, who died while in custody in Syria, has arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport.

His body was brought to Lebanon on Saturday and returned to his family – almost a week after his death.

The 32-year-old father of two was arrested more than a year ago after traveling to the rebel-held city of Aleppo to treat injured civilians.

His family believe he was abused while in custody and have blamed the Syrian regime for his death, despite authorities in Damascus claiming he took his own life.

His brother and sister, Shahnawaz and Sara Khan, told Sky News that nobody has explained to the family how or why he died and that they feel he was let down by the British authorities.

Shahnawaz Khan told Sky News: “We are still unclear why there’s been such a protracted process in releasing his body.

“Everything that the Syrian government has done over these past 13 months to us has been arduous and has inflicted much insult upon us. I guess this was their final attempt to inflict as much misery upon us as they could.

“They had already embalmed him and carried out some tests that we had requested them not to.

Dr. Abbas Khan with his son
Dr. Abbas Khan with his son
“It has been a difficult time. We haven’t had a chance to grieve properly because we are still fighting to get him back.”

The married British surgeon was due to be released from prison and allowed home for Christmas.

Sara Khan said: “We still haven’t been given a clear explanation as to what happened to him, which is absolutely despicable, that the Syrians can feel that they can give us multiple explanations for his death.

“We want the British Government to help the family in getting those answers from the Syrians as somebody needs to own up for this absolutely cruel injustice that has been done to my brother.”

The family has criticized what they said was a lack of support given to them by the Foreign Office during Dr Khan’s incarceration.

Foreign Office minister Hugh Robertson has said: “There is no excuse whatsoever for the treatment that he has suffered by the Syrian authorities who have in effect murdered a British national who was in their country to help people injured during their civil war.”

Claims that the surgeon had picked sides and had jihadi links, and was in the country without a visa, were dismissed by his brother.

“The accusation of any sort of terrorist activities has never been levied to us,” Shahnawaz Khan said.

“There is no sense that he was ever involved in any sort of activities.

“The only reason why that question is raised is because he is a British Muslim, and throughout he has been treated with a degree of suspicion by their authorities and unfortunately the authorities in the British Government.

“In Syria he has been executed for being British and he has been let down by his own government for not being British enough.”

He added: “We will have to move on, but moving on now will include attaining some answers around the circumstances of his death and the steps that could have possibly saved him.”

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Photo: Members of the Lebanese Red Cross carry the coffin of Abbas Khan, the British Surgeon who died in Syrian jail , following its arrival at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beirut . His body was later flown to London Heathrow airport

  • hezzies are terrorists

    This is typical of asshead and the rats that support it.

  • hezzies are terrorists

    This is typical of asshead and the rats that support it.

  • zabada

    I guess sometime there is a policy to destroy muslim,s countries by the west that planned by Jews.Iraq was destroyed.They know by topple Saddam,nobody will lead Iraq.Sunni and Syiah will kill each other and this event will continue forever.In Syria Jews planned muslims to continue the war.They will destroy both side Sunni and Syaiit.That why the west not intervene until now.

    • zabada, STOP BLAMING THE JEWS!!!!!!
      -JEWS ARE VERY FRUGAL-YES
      -ISRAEL IS VERY UNFAIR TO PALESTINIANS-YES
      -CHINESE CANT DRIVE-YES
      -JEWS AND WEST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MUSLIM KILLING MSLIM? NOOOOOOOOOO!

      • hezzies are terrorists

        Sorry have to disagree with you regarding who is responsible for the killing. Wherever the yanks attack somehow always turns into a civil war and not just Muslim countries. Ever heard the saying “divide and conquer”?

        • I cant argue with you that the us was both naïve and a failure in its high hopes of introducing freedom and democracy. in many places and indeed made a BIG MESS.
          by the same token the biggest problem fueling this outrageous and horrible war is embedded in the cultures DNA very devided, very hatrefull, very unforgiving, and grossly violent in unspeakable ways , everything I acuse the extremists with above has NOTHING to do with the west or jews.

      • Peaceforleb

        Geo, are you telling me that all these years Iv’e been lied to. lol. I thought the Jews should be blamed for every atrocity known to man kind. Could it be a lie. Don’t blame poor Zabada bro, blame the one’s who brainwash him. Him and the millions like him.

        • Greetings Peace, Zabada is a good man strugeling with all the bad news out of Syria, In all honesty I find him to be humble and never rude to anyone even though on occasion people an re rude to him. He is sincere but sincerely wrong as he is only meditating on what he is being told by the herd as you mention. now as for the jews…lol

        • The real lebanese

          *cough cough* HA 😉

          You’re laughing at it but your own political group does it.

          • Peaceforleb

            Real, I have no political group. I have always told you, I am for Lebanon and Lebanon only. I just can’t understand why people always blame Hezbollah for every bad thing that happens in Lebanon. How many times have I said that if the LAF was given the authority to take control of Lebanon and protect its people starting with the borders, then I think Hezbollah should lay down their arms. As for that cough bro, you need to see a doctor for that. lol

          • The real lebanese

            How is the army supposed to get control if HA doesn’t make its supporters to pay certain state taxes? How is it supposed to gain control if HA goes running around starting problems with Israel and now the Sunni extremists? HA isn’t protecting Lebanon, its starting conflicts. If HA was protecting us, it would secure the Syrian border. But instead, its leaving the borders untouched and running into Syria to save Assad. They don’t care about Lebanon personally. They only care about Lebanon politically and geographically to help create a Shiite axis. If this weren’t true, they would’ve supported the uprising in the beginning and supported a moderate government like they did in all the other uprisings. Can you explain why this is the only one they don’t support? And do you happen to have any cough drops by any chance?

          • Peaceforleb

            Come on, it is no secret that Hezbollah and Assad are friends, So you telling me if your close friend gets into trouble, you would turn you back on him or her. In the 80’s when the Hezob was fighting to ride Israel from Lebanon, who supported them. In 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon and Hezbollah was the only courageous one to stand up to them, who supported them then. See Real, unlike these Sunni extremist, Hezbollah are not back stabbers who can be bought with money or Virgins. lol. Now regarding the cough drops, I just sent you a parcel with FedEx. :)))

          • The real lebanese

            Why did Israel attack Lebanon again? Oh yeah, HA was trying to make noise by going into Israel and kidnapping 4 soldiers. Was it really worth the damage to infastructure, over 1000 people dead, and a tense border? No. Causing problems as usual. HA had no reason to do what they did. And they have no reason to fight for Assad now. If they want to be a political party and part of the government, they can’t go FIGHT another countries war. I don’t care if their friends or not. If thats what friends do, then i guess the gulf states should send their armies over and finish the war off with American weapons. And thank you. Ill count that as my Christmas present. I sent you a peace for Lebanon poster. I hope you like it. 😉

          • The real lebanese

            Or would you rather have a signed poster of Nasrallah? Peace for Lebanon, right?

    • Guest

      True Jews do not want to destroy Muslims since the value the unity of one God more than anything. They cherish the Semitic connection to Arabs though Abraham our father. They remember how the Muslims saved them from the Crusaders who killed them. They know that Zionism is not the solution (as the West’s 180 degree turn of support after the Holocaust) and does not make up for almost 2000 years of Christendom’s persecutions of Jews in Europe.

  • zabada

    I guess sometime there is a policy to destroy muslim,s countries by the west that planned by Jews.Iraq was destroyed.They know by topple Saddam,nobody will lead Iraq.Sunni and Syiah will kill each other and this event will continue forever.In Syria Jews planned muslims to continue the war.They will destroy both side Sunni and Syaiit.That why the west not intervene until now.

    • zabada, STOP BLAMING THE JEWS!!!!!!
      -JEWS ARE VERY FRUGAL-YES
      -ISRAEL IS VERY UNFAIR TO PALESTINIANS-YES
      -CHINESE CANT DRIVE-YES
      -JEWS AND WEST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MUSLIM KILLING MSLIM? NOOOOOOOOOO!

      • hezzies are terrorists

        Sorry have to disagree with you regarding who is responsible for the killing. Wherever the yanks attack somehow always turns into a civil war and not just Muslim countries. Ever heard the saying “divide and conquer”?

        • I cant argue with you that the us was both naïve and a failure in its high hopes of introducing freedom and democracy. in many places and indeed made a BIG MESS.
          by the same token the biggest problem fueling this outrageous and horrible war is embedded in the cultures DNA very devided, very hatrefull, very unforgiving, and grossly violent in unspeakable ways , everything I acuse the extremists with above has NOTHING to do with the west or jews.

      • Peaceforleb

        Geo, are you telling me that all these years Iv’e been lied to. lol. I thought the Jews should be blamed for every atrocity known to man kind. Could it be a lie. Don’t blame poor Zabada bro, blame the one’s who brainwash him. Him and the millions like him.

        • Greetings Peace, Zabada is a good man strugeling with all the bad news out of Syria, In all honesty I find him to be humble and never rude to anyone even though on occasion people an re rude to him. He is sincere but sincerely wrong as he is only meditating on what he is being told by the herd as you mention. now as for the jews…lol

        • The real lebanese

          *cough cough* HA 😉

          You’re laughing at it but your own political group does it.

          • Peaceforleb

            Real, I have no political group. I have always told you, I am for Lebanon and Lebanon only. I just can’t understand why people always blame Hezbollah for every bad thing that happens in Lebanon. How many times have I said that if the LAF was given the authority to take control of Lebanon and protect its people starting with the borders, then I think Hezbollah should lay down their arms. As for that cough bro, you need to see a doctor for that. lol

          • The real lebanese

            How is the army supposed to get control if HA doesn’t make its supporters to pay certain state taxes? How is it supposed to gain control if HA goes running around starting problems with Israel and now the Sunni extremists? HA isn’t protecting Lebanon, its starting conflicts. If HA was protecting us, it would secure the Syrian border. But instead, its leaving the borders untouched and running into Syria to save Assad. They don’t care about Lebanon personally. They only care about Lebanon politically and geographically to help create a Shiite axis. If this weren’t true, they would’ve supported the uprising in the beginning and supported a moderate government like they did in all the other uprisings. Can you explain why this is the only one they don’t support? And do you happen to have any cough drops by any chance?

          • Peaceforleb

            Come on, it is no secret that Hezbollah and Assad are friends, So you telling me if your close friend gets into trouble, you would turn you back on him or her. In the 80’s when the Hezob was fighting to ride Israel from Lebanon, who supported them. In 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon and Hezbollah was the only courageous one to stand up to them, who supported them then. See Real, unlike these Sunni extremist, Hezbollah are not back stabbers who can be bought with money or Virgins. lol. Now regarding the cough drops, I just sent you a parcel with FedEx. :)))

          • The real lebanese

            Why did Israel attack Lebanon again? Oh yeah, HA was trying to make noise by going into Israel and kidnapping 4 soldiers. Was it really worth the damage to infastructure, over 1000 people dead, and a tense border? No. Causing problems as usual. HA had no reason to do what they did. And they have no reason to fight for Assad now. If they want to be a political party and part of the government, they can’t go FIGHT another countries war. I don’t care if their friends or not. If thats what friends do, then i guess the gulf states should send their armies over and finish the war off with American weapons. And thank you. Ill count that as my Christmas present. I sent you a peace for Lebanon poster. I hope you like it. 😉

          • The real lebanese

            Or would you rather have a signed poster of Nasrallah? Peace for Lebanon, right?

        • The real lebanese

          *cough cough* HA 😉

          You’re laughing at it but your own political group does it.

        • The real lebanese

          *cough cough* HA 😉

          You’re laughing at it but your own political group does it.

    • Guest

      True Jews do not want to destroy Muslims since the value the unity of one God more than anything. They cherish the Semitic connection to Arabs though Abraham our father. They remember how the Muslims saved them from the Crusaders who killed them. They know that Zionism is not the solution (as the West’s 180 degree turn of support after the Holocaust) and does not make up for almost 2000 years of Christendom’s persecutions of Jews in Europe.