LONDON // A British surgeon who died in prison in Syria after going there as a volunteer to work at a hospital was effectively “murdered” by the Syrian regime, a British minister said on Tuesday.
Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from south London, travelled to the northern city of Aleppo last year to help civilians but was captured by Syrian authorities.
His family said on Tuesday that he died just days before he was due to be handed over to a British lawmaker.
“The fact remains that he went to Syria to help the people of Syria who were affected by the civil war,” junior Foreign Office minister Hugh Robertson told the BBC.
“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.”