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ICRC not involved in autopsy on British doctor ‘suicide’
This undated photo shows Dr Abbas Khan. (The Daily Star/Free Dr Abbas Khan Twitter account)
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BEIRUT: The International Committee for the Red Cross told The Daily Star Friday it did not participate in an autopsy of a British doctor who died in Syrian custody this week, as claimed by the Syrian government.

Media reports, quoting Syrian government officials, said that the agency had assisted in a government autopsy on Dr. Abbas Khan, whose body was due to arrive in Beirut ahead of repatriation to the U.K. Friday.

“We’re not involved in any autopsy,” Simon Schorno, the ICRC spokesperson in Damascus, told The Daily Star. Schorno added that the aid agency accepted the government’s request to observe a medical exam, although the delegate who was present was not a doctor.

“At the family’s request, the Syrian authorities and International Committee of the Red Cross are carrying out a final autopsy to find out the causes of Abbas Khan’s death,” Syrian deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad was quoted by AFP Thursday.

Khan, a 32-year-old doctor from London, had been treating wounded civilians in Syria when he was arrested by state authorities just over a year ago. He was due to be released from detention Friday, but Tuesday, government officials said he had been found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide.

Khan’s family has rejected claims Khan killed himself so close to his release and have released handwritten letters from Khan to his 7-year-old daughter saying that he was looking forward to seeing her soon. A U.K. member of Parliament has accused the Syrian government of “murder.”

Friday evening the ICRC told AFP that Khan’s body would be released Saturday, but did not say why there had been a delay.

Mekdad had earlier said the body would be repatriated to the U.K. through the British Embassy in Beirut by Friday “at the latest.”

“We will be assisting with the repatriation [to the U.K.] driving to Lebanon,” Schorno said.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 21, 2013, on page 10.
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