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UK man dies in Dubai jail, torture claimed

2011-04-14 15:52

Dubai - A British man has died in custody in Dubai, a British embassy spokesperson said on Thursday as media in the Gulf emirate published allegations that he was tortured.

"A British national has died in custody" in Dubai, the spokesperson told AFP.

"The embassy is in close contact with Dubai police and has been assured a full investigation will take place" into the circumstances surrounding his death.

The man, identified by local newspaper 7Days as Lee Bradley Brown, a tourist, died in his cell on Monday nearly a week after his arrest, the English-language daily said.

According to the report, the British embassy "said it had been contacted by the 39-year-old's family who claimed Brown was beaten by police officers during his detention".

The embassy spokesperson said it has not yet been confirmed that the man died from torture.

It was unclear why he had been detained, although British media reports said he was taken into custody for swearing.

Dubai, a popular destination for British tourists and expatriate workers, has occasionally come under fire from rights groups over harsh detention conditions.
 

Comments
  • Snotty - 2011-04-14 16:41

    its possible these disgusting cops will make false accusations against innocent people and beat then to death to get out a confession

  • Carl Archary - 2011-04-14 16:47

    I've heard of these incidents before. Arabs are a bunch of hypocrites. Scary to live in Dubai....one must be prepared for the way they treat foreigners...very dangerous to live there if one is not aware of their double-standards.

      R013 - 2011-04-14 17:25

      And then when they move to another coutry they expect you to tip toe around their beliefs and religion.

      Jaimo - 2011-04-14 21:28

      Oh no, didnt you know they did nuthin wrong and tell no lies!? - Its Israel who gets the blame!!

      Zee - 2011-04-15 11:47

      Sure Jaimo - and the hundreds of people sitting at Guantanamo WITHOUT BEING CHARGED means nothing I guess. Another example of a hypocritic state. Arrest people on pure suspicion and then torture "answers" out of them through waterboarding etc. But yah no that's fine hey because America is doing it. You are a bunch of hypocrites.

      Zee - 2011-04-15 11:48

      Be careful of jumping to conclusions: http://www.news24.com/World/News/UK-man-held-in-Dubai-choked-on-vomit-20110415

      Virginia - 2011-04-15 13:10

      Zee remember you cannot believe everything you read, he probably did choke on his vomit whilst he was being tortured, its so easy for the police to stand together and lie, this happens in our own country. The people of the western world no the laws of the Arab world, you do not go their as you are not free. Let Dubai suffer when there is no tourists.

  • Franklea - 2011-04-14 22:22

    I hope the ppl in Dubai wake up and kick out that monarchy/dictatorship just like in Tunisia and Egypt. And further more I hope the British demands everyone in that police force remotely involved in that case be fired and charged criminally

  • Michal - 2011-04-15 08:01

    For the real story - see the below link: http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/home/middle-headline-teaser/postmortem-finds-that-dead-tourist-suffocated

  • Michal - 2011-04-15 08:02

    For the real story - see the below link: http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/home/middle-headline-teaser/postmortem-finds-that-dead-tourist-suffocated

  • Michal - 2011-04-15 08:02

    For the real story - see the below link: http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/home/middle-headline-teaser/postmortem-finds-that-dead-tourist-suffocated

  • Michal - 2011-04-15 08:03

    For the real story on this article go look at The National Dubai

  • Michal - 2011-04-15 08:15

    For the real story on this article go look at The National Dubai

  • Michal - 2011-04-15 08:15

    http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/home/middle-headline-teaser/postmortem-finds-that-dead-tourist-suffocated

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