British holidaymaker dies in police custody

British holidaymaker dies in police custody

The Foreign Office is calling for a “full investigation” after a British man died in police custody in Dubai.

Lee Bradley Brown, 39 and from London, died on Tuesday Dubai police are looking into the death.

Officials have also inquired about the “safety” of four other Britons held at the same police station.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The police have assured us that they are investigating and we are remaining in close touch with them.”

The victim is said to have been taken to a Dubai police station where he was allegedly assaulted and then left in a cell.

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The Foreign Office said officials had spoken to Mr Brown’s family and were providing consular assistance.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm Lee Brown’s death on 12 April while in police custody. Our thoughts are with Mr Brown’s family at this very difficult time.

“The Consul General has spoken directly to the Dubai Police at the highest level on a number of times to stress the importance of a full investigation.

“The police have assured us that they are investigating and we are remaining in close touch with them.”

In a statement, Jumeirah Group, the owners of the Burj Al Arab hotel where Lee Brown was reportedly staying, said: “We are aware of this issue and understand it is being handled by the relevant authorities.

“We therefore have no further comment. For privacy reasons, it is our policy not to disclose any details or information about guests who stay in our hotels.”