x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dead tourist's family wants investigation

The family of British tourist Lee Brown who died in police custody visited Dubai with their lawyer to ensure that his death was received a fair and full investigation.

The family members of Lee Brown, a British tourist who died while in police custody nearly two weeks ago, issued a statement yesterday after returning to the UK from Dubai, urging a "full and transparent investigation".

"We wanted to go to Dubai to retrace Lee's steps and try to make sense of how a healthy, 39-year-old man could be taken into police custody one day, and be dead five days later," said Brown's brother, Steven. "We wanted to make sure that Lee's death was being taken seriously and that a full and transparent investigation would be launched, without any police interference."

Brown was held at Bur Dubai police station after he was accused of assaulting a hotel cleaner on April 6 at the Burj al Arab.

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He died on April 12 after choking on his own vomit, Dubai's public prosecution office said. The finding was determined by a postmortem examination.

The prosecution also ruled that Brown suffered injuries while resisting arrest.

osalem@thenational.ae