Medic's mother denies suicide claim
The mother of a British doctor who died in custody in Syria has refuted "110%" claims that he committed suicide after she saw his body in a mortuary.
Fatima Khan - who visited the morgue in Beirut where Dr Abbas Khan was taken by the International Red Cross after his death - told the BBC "they killed my baby" as she left.
Dr Khan, 32, was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death by what the Syrian government calls suicide and they say was political murder.
The orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November 2012 in the ancient city of Aleppo after travelling from Turkey to help victims of hospital bombings.
Mrs Khan said: "It was his profession to give life not to take life. He can't kill an ant even."
She categorically denied claims made by Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad that he had killed himself.
In the last few days the family revealed a letter in which the doctor expressed his optimism at being released, and his hopes of being home in time for Christmas.
Mrs Khan said: "I was so happy I was going to get my son.
"How can they kill such a handsome, healthy doctor?"