Abbas Khan was a British orthopedic surgeon, who died while in Syria, in December 2013. An inquest determined that he was killed by Syrian forces. He traveled to Turkey in late 2012, before entering Syria a few weeks later. According to sources, Abbas was arrested shortly after crossing the border into Syria, and was detained by Syrian security forces.

His mother allegedly visited him several months later, while he was in a Syrian prison, and said that weight had fallen to just 32 KG. It is unclear how this value was determined, as he was in prison, and it’s unlikely there was a weighing scale in his cell (this casts doubt over the legitimacy of these details.)

His mother also stated that he was missing a fingernail, and his feet were burnt. However, it wouldn’t make sense for the Syrian authorities to allow her to see her son if he was in such as bad state, as they knew she would relay this information to an international audience. While the occurrence of this meeting can’t be explicitly refuted, the above points do suggest that it may be fabricated, or elements of his condition were exaggerated.

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Furthermore, he was found dead in his cell recently after the Syrian government announced that they would be releasing him. It wouldn’t make sense for them to kill him with the increased media attention. This suggests that he may have killed himself to frame the Syrian government, and potentially trigger military intervention in support of the armed opposition (the increased attention would have served this objective well.)

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It should be noted that his death occurred just a few months after the chemical attacks in Ghouta; another false-flag attack, implemented to trigger and justify foreign military intervention against President Assad’s secular government.

The Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, said that Abbas Khan had used his pyjamas to hang himself in his cell. The inquest in the UK which determined that he was unlawfully killed used testimony by anonymous witnesses, who were apparently prisoners in the same detention facility as Abbas. Once again, it seems unlikely that the Syrian authorities would release prisoners who had witnessed their alleged crimes against a British citizen.

Ultimately, suicide is the most rationally-sound cause of Dr Abbas Khan’s death, and the Syrian government’s turn of events is consistent, and conforms to logic, unlike the findings of the inquest.

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  1. I don’t think someone, especially with as high level of studies as a surgeon will hang himself just to frame a foreign govt.
    But, as I happened to know several people who committed suicide, well, he has typical look in the eyes you may notice from very sensible and unstable persons. It’s very likely that moving with the idea to help people as a surgeon and ending jailed was a shock he couldn’t cope with and one thing is definitively sure with all the suicidal ones who succeed : you don’t see them coming! These are psy-drives they have in them, often for years. Those who talk about it from time to time won’t act, those who never do so… Well, I knew someone who during a X-mas dinner said “I go to the cave to take a bottle of wine”… 15-20min later, as he wasn’t back, one of the family went to see why and found him hanged in the cave… Someone ending alone, you might understand but a grand-grand father in good health surrounded by his whole family with all the little kids on a X-mas eve!!!

    “However, it wouldn’t make sense for the Syrian authorities to allow her to see her son if he was in such as bad state, as they knew she would relay this information to an international audience. ”
    => Well, the old school use in dictatures or even for some western countries in a time where they may have done very bad things, especially in colonies, was if someone was too damaged after some tortures, he ended as a “crevette Bigeard” (Bigeard’s shrimp), thus meaning concrete shoes and heli/aero-dropped over the sea, far from the shore…
    http://ekladata.com/lnFZCCs1nQC6vhD891kp0lKzWtU.jpg

    Now, another unseen possibility : some wardens get bribed by opponents, these enter Dr.Khan cell, hang him and got their false flag.
    Thus, autopsy should have been done, pictures taken, it would make sense a prisoner being visited by a MD +/- regularly, maybe was it also an error to keep him jailed for +1 year for illegal border crossing only. It’s clear that there have been some dysfunctions in the prison system and an audit should be considered as some regulations to enforce and if it happened that some had responsibilities, they should face these, especially if the scenario I’ve just considered is the good as it’s a patented murder and a conspiracy.

    • Je ne me hasarderai jamais à lancer des suppositions dans un tel cas. Nous avons très peu d’éléments d’information et, si on peut considérer que le gouvernement syrien a été largement diabolisé, il a encore mauvaise réputation pour le traitement de ses prisonniers (les mauvaises habitudes ne se perdent pas si vite).

      D’autre part, s’il a été reconnu “suicidé” je pense que son cadavre a été rendu à la famille, et que donc on pouvait voir dans quel état il était. S’il y a eu refus de restituer le cadavre, alors on peut se poser des questions, mais apparemment cela n’est pas mentionné par l’enquête.

    • Syrian authorities possibly missed the men was in deep depression. This also happened in a prison in Germany lately. BTW: The allegations and testimonies make no sense, nobody that can bear such witness would escape alive. If he had by fault seen such things. Nobody from the outside would be allowed to see a prisoner in such a bad state. Unless he claimed at the same time that he bribed guards to see the prisoner. If the human rights situation in Syrian prisons was as bad as alleged in the same report – there would no visiting “tortured” men. p.s. I also know respectable and trustworthy people that were tortured and released just after the beginning of the rebellion. And I was told about Syrian officials that treated people as if these officials were working for the armed opposition and wanted to alienate until then neutral Syrians that by chance were caught or in prison on false allegations. Plus. Wrong name and fathers name can be sufficient to get You in jail at a checkpoint. And You can be slandered, threatened, insulted, beaten and held for days without knowing when You get out. While at other times You are treated correctly and just kept till cleared.

    • It’d still be difficult to predict someone’s weight just by looking at them, especially if there had been a significant decrease. Regardless of the weight argument, why would the authorities give her access to her son if there were blatant signs of his torture?

  2. Suicide in a Syrian prison seems much more likely than Jacqueline Sutton’s (BBC journalist) suicide (using boot laces at toilet) in an airport (Istanbul) toilet after missing her flight. And yet in this case the British authorities have propelled the suicide version.