UK man dies in Dubai cell

by Alister POOLE on April 14, 2011

A British tourist in Dubai died in police custody after he had apparently choked on his own vomit, according to local officials.

Mr Lee Brown, aged 39 and of east London, was apprehended at the luxurious Burj Al Arab resort after he was accused of being physically and verbally abusive towards a female member of staff. The UK has demanded an immediate inquiry amid reports that Brown was assaulted by officers. The claim has been denied by one particular unnamed police official that was quoted by the local media and Dubai’s main attorney general said that the force made sure that the highest standards were upheld.

Issam Al Humaidan, the attorney general, said that a post-mortem examination showed that Brown’s death had been caused by suffocation after his respiratory tract had vomit leaked onto it. Through a statement, he expressed sincere condolences towards Mr Brown’s family, saying that police always deal with prisoners respectfully and preserve human rights.

According to reports that have emerged from a string of UK newspapers, Brown was apprehended on the 6th of April while on a holiday that was booked spur-of-the-moment. He is meant to have been driven to Bur Dubai Police Station and then dumped in a cell.

In a press conference, the Foreign Office said that officials had made contact with Brown’s relatives and had been providing consular assistance ever since the unfortunate incident occurred. It was added that Dubai officials spoke to Brown after his arrest, making arrangements to speak to him on the 13th of April.

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