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Cell death Briton ‘black and blue’, says family

Family of British tourist Lee Brown have asked for a third post-mortem to be carried out in UK

Cell death Briton ‘black and blue’, says family
British tourist Lee Bradley Brown was arrested after allegedly attacking a maid at Dubais Burj al-Arab hotel

The family of a British tourist who died in police custody in Dubai has said his body appeared badly bruised.

Steven and Susanne Brown, the brother and sister-in-law of Lee Brown, have demanded a full investigation into his death amid claims he was “tortured” after his arrest.

“He was black and blue from head to toe,” Susanne Brown told ITV News.

Brown, 39, died on April 12 in Bur Dubai police station, six days after his arrest on charges of assaulting a Nepalese housekeeper at the city’s iconic Burj al-Arab hotel.

His body was released last week after family members travelled to Dubai.

"We wanted to make sure that his death was being taken seriously and that a full and transparent investigation would be launched, without any police interference,” said Steven Brown.

“Lee was dearly loved by his family and friends. We will not rest until the truth about Lee's death comes to light.”

The family is understood to have requested a third post-mortem examination be carried out following the repatriation of Brown’s body to the UK.

Authorities in Dubai said that Brown had suffered injuries while resisting arrest. A post-mortem report revealed the British tourist suffered irregular bruising on the left side of the forehead, as well as bruising on the nose and on the inner arm.

The cause of death was specified as vomit obscuring the respiratory tract. Blood and urine tests revealed traces of hashish in the blood of the deceased, the report said.

His death sparked claims from his family carried in the British press that he was “tortured”, statements that have been strongly denied by Dubai chief of police Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Bin Tamim.

"Dubai Police didn't beat the British man and we didn't put him into solitary confinement,” he said. “Dubai Police policy is known to be transparent and we will not hesitate to ensure our own officers face justice and punishment if we believe that they used violence against prisoners."

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