British embassy officials in Damascus have been granted access to Maryam Kallis, who is in a Syrian prison.
They visited her two days ago, and are working with her family to get her released. Officials at the Foreign Office in London say they are still trying to find out why she is being held.
It comes after journalist James Denselow accused Britain of sacrificing Kallis to improve relations with Syria. He claims Britain is turning a blind eye. He asks “whether the strategic benefits of engaging with Syria is worth the costs that will be paid by those like Mrs Kallis?”
Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell has hit back with his own article, accusing Denselow of basic journalistic errors: “We have demanded a full explanation of the reason for her detention and will continue to pursue this vigorously. … Mr Denselow could have found this out by contacting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”