Jury inquest conclude that Dr Abbas Khan was unlawfully killed

The jury at the inquest into the death of the British doctor who died whilst in detention in Syria have today (27th October 2014) concluded that he was “deliberately and intentionally killed without any legal justification”.  The jury of eleven, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, recorded that the cause of Dr Abbas Khan’s death was “unascertained” however found that he was unlawfully killed whilst at an “unknown prison or place of detention” in Damascus, Syria.

During the course of the inquest the jury heard from Dr Khan’s family members, including his mother Fatima Khan who travelled to Damascus in 2013 and met with leading members of the Assad regime.  The inquest also heard evidence from representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, George Galloway MP and Nick Griffin, the former leader of the BNP.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29787199

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/27/british-doctor-abbas-khan-unlawfully-killed-syria-jury-inquest

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11189789/British-surgeon-Abbas-Khan-unlawfully-killed-in-jail-in-Syria.html

 

Samantha Leek QC and Jonathan Dixey were instructed as Counsel to the Inquest.