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Syria: ICRC returns the body of Dr. Abbas Khan to UK officials in Lebanon

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross - Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:00 PM
Author: International Committee of the Red Cross
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An ICRC convoy left Damascus today at 11am and returned the body of Dr. Khan to Beirut, Lebanon, where United Kingdom officials received it. The British Embassy in Lebanon is expected to rapidly fly the body to London, where it will be received by the family.

Mr. Khan's family as well as Syrian and British authorities requested the ICRC to assist with the transportation of the body to ensure its rapid return to the United Kingdom. Two days before the repatriation, Syrian authorities had asked the ICRC to be present during a medical examination of Dr. Khan's body.

The ICRC acted on a strictly humanitarian basis at the family’s request and is not conducting an inquiry into Mr. Khan's death.

The ICRC does not visit detainees in Syria despite repeated requests to Syrian authorities to be granted access to places of detention in the country. It therefore never visited Dr. Khan during his detention in Syria.

For further information, please contact:Simon Schorno, ICRC Damascus, tel: +963 993 700 847Wolde-Gabriel Saugeron, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 244 64 05Samar El Kadi, ICRC Beirut, tel: +961 70 153 928Sean Maguire, ICRC London, tel: +44 7887 402 632 

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