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Post-mortem examination shows Paul McBride's death 'not suspicious'

Ambulance hospital in Lahore after post-mortem examination
Image caption The post-mortem examination was carried out a hospital in Lahore

The post-mortem examination on the body of Scottish QC Paul McBride has taken place at a hospital in Pakistan.

It found that there were no suspicious circumstances, and no sign of any injuries.

Mr McBride, 47, was found dead in his hotel room in Lahore on Sunday after complaining of feeling unwell the previous evening.

The body has now been released by the authorities and will be taken to the capital, Islamabad.

It is expected to return home this week.

The post-mortem examination was carried out at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore.

Fellow lawyer Aamer Anwar, who was travelling with Mr McBride, said a priest would also carry out a blessing and prayers in Islamabad.

Image caption Mr McBride was found dead in a hotel room after complaining of feeling unwell

Mr Anwar has complained that he was not getting enough help from the British High Commission.

First Minister Alex Salmond has spoken to Foreign Secretary William Hague, who gave an assurance everything was being done to help Mr Anwar and Mr McBride's family.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman added: "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. We are providing consular assistance to his family and their appointed liaison.

"The foreign secretary has spoken to Alex Salmond about the death of Mr McBride and has reassured the first minister that we have done and will continue to do everything possible to assist in this case."

On Monday, the trial of two men accused of sending parcel bombs to Mr McBride was postponed as a "mark of respect" after the QC's death.

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