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Ryanair promises to refund Dr Sattar for Leicester flight fees

The neurosurgeon, whose wife and three children were killed in a fire in Leicester last Friday, was initially charged €188 euros to switch to an earlier flight.

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Updated at 11.09pm

RYANAIR HAS CONFIRMED it will provide a full refund of fees charged to Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, after the Dublin-based neurosurgeon was told he would have to pay extra to switch flights last week.

The doctor’s wife and three teenage children were killed in a house fire in Leicester last Friday.

He had been due to fly home to the English town later that day, but after receiving a call from police informing him of the tragedy, tried to get the next flight available out of Dublin.

He was initially charged €188 to switch to an earlier service, but Ryanair has confirmed today that it will refund the amount.

The airline said in a statement:

Ryanair offers its sincere condolences to Dr Sattar and confirmed that in the circumstances it will provide a full refund of any monies paid last Friday.

An 18-year-old man appeared in court in Leicester today in connection with the case, and was charged with four counts of murder.

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Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar speaks outside his local mosque last Saturday  (Image: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Meanwhile, in an interview with RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke this morning, Dr Sattar said that his religion was giving him the strength to cope with the loss of his family.

This article was originally posted at 3.55pm.

Read: Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar: ‘The words of the Quran have given me strength’

Read: Wife and children of Dublin-based doctor killed in Leicester house fire

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