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    Mad Briton 'Beaten to Death' in a Dubai Police Cell After Being Arrested for Swearing



    Tragedy: British tourist Lee Bradley Brown, who was thought to have been staying at the Burj Al Arab hotel, was allegedly beaten to death in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing


    A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was claimed yesterday.

    Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell.

    Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor.

    Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building.

    During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough food and water and did not let him see a lawyer, it is alleged.

    His sister learned about the attack when she received a phone call from an inmate on Sunday, claiming her brother had been beaten.

    The prisoner found her phone number on a photocopy of her brother’s passport which had been left behind in the cell.

    She contacted the British Embassy in Dubai, and on Monday an official was sent to visit Mr Brown at the police station.

    But the official was turned away by an officer who claimed Mr Brown did not want to see him and had ‘declined consular assistance’.

    His sister, who did not want to be named, received another phone call from the inmate saying he had seen her brother’s body being taken out in a body-bag.

    A source told the Daily Mail last night: ‘He suffered a really bad beating which must have caused some terrible internal injuries.

    ‘The poor bloke stood no chance at all. At one stage he was thrown against the concrete wall of a cell and landed badly.

    ‘Then the guards tried to hush it up and pretend nothing had happened.’

    The British Embassy officially told his family about his death yesterday.

    Bur Dubai police station is a notoriously violent place where beatings, starvation, rape and the force-feeding of drugs is common-place.


    Foreign prisoners are often kept in cramped cells with up to 20 inmates for weeks for trivial offences.

    Human rights charities say police officers regularly refuse to allow inmates to make a phone call or access to a lawyer.

    They say prisoners are sometimes beaten and coerced into signing confessions written in Arabic.

    Yesterday Mr Brown’s sister described her anger and heartache at her loss. Speaking outside his home in Dagenham, East London, she said: ‘It is very difficult at the moment as you would expect, and his mum is extremely upset.

    ‘We were the ones that first contacted the British Embassy in Dubai with concerns after an inmate out there got in touch with us.

    ‘We were told unofficially on Tuesday it was true, and the worst was confirmed today. We are unable to be out there. All we have had is one call from officials telling us that he’s dead.

    ‘The inmates we spoke to at the jail are currently waiting to give statements to the police.
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    Dubai custody death: Lee Brown allegedly suffered severe beatings at the hands of police

    ‘But they’re now in fear for their own lives.’

    Mr Brown, who ran a maintenance business, flew to Dubai on his own for a last-minute holiday and was thought to have been staying in the Burj Al Arab, a seven-star hotel where rooms cost at least £1,000 a night.

    A source at Dubai Public Prosecution said he was arrested on April 6 over allegations of assault, intimidating behaviour and using abusive language.

    A British Embassy spokesman said: ‘I can confirm the man died in custody and that the embassy is taking the allegations very seriously. We are launching an investigation and working with Dubai police.’

    Radha Stirling, founder of UK-based charity Detained in Dubai, said she hoped a full inquiry will be carried out.

    ‘Police stations in Dubai are notoriously brutal and the one that this poor man was in is by far the worst,’ she said.

    ‘I have never come across any allegations as serious as this.

    ‘Cells are usually covered in human faeces and can contain up to 20 prisoners in each one. Most will be forced to sleep on the floor.

    ‘They are often denied the basic rights you would expect in a police station.

    ‘You have to remember that these people have not even been found guilty in a court of law.’

    A Dubai police spokesman said they would carry out their own investigation once the results of a post-mortem examination, which may take three days, are known.


    Source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...lice-cell.html

    Other report: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ison-cell.html

    How is this not a major international crisis? England needs the oil too much?

    So swearing is against their religious laws, but imprisoning people and killing them isn't? I don't think I'll be going there.

    The sooner the oil dries up and civilized people get out of the middle east the better. 50 years and everywhere there will be the new africa and no one will care about it.

    He shouldnt have gone there.

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    Quite right, Hersir; and your questions are most pertinent. The silly thing is that many Westerners rave about how good it is in Dubai and other UAE showcase cities, like Abu Dhabi. From what I hear, Dubai is thick with prostitutes from Russia and Asia, alcohol is freely dispensed in the nightclubs, and the clubbing scene in Dubai is supposed to be one of the best in the world. A decadent place to be sure, yet this Briton is arrested for swearing and then beaten to death by the local Moslem cops. How bizarre! They surely have a strange set of priorities. This should serve as an example of the dark side of Dubai and be warning to all Western travellers.
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    I've got friends from StormFront who have lived there for years since young girls and not had any problems. He must've been doing something stupid. At any rate, it is good to be aware of local customs before going to a different country, and each country has the right to run its laws and affairs as it wishes. Was he swearing at random tards or at police officers? Swearing at police officers is never a good idea and will earn you a severe beating no matter what country you are in.
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    Probably serves him right...

    Dubai is the most westernised and modernised of all the places in the Middle East, and they don't just beat you up for nothing... so don't immediately jump to his defence.

    The report is that he took a beating, but was so drunk that he choked on his own vomit and died. So i'd say it probably serves him right if he was being deliberately beligerent towards the authoritys.

    People expect to go there and booze it up and act like typical modern westerners... knowing full well that alcohol itself is against their religion and law, and yet they have allowed westerners to set up bars and pubs with which to continue their slovenly behaviour inside...... all they ask is that you don't take it onto the streets. Not much to ask.

    It's lucky there isn't lots of proper killings. The middle eastern laws are much more civlised than the modern west.

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    Sad story,although i imagine he was some typical drunken lout.

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    What the f%#k friends from StormFront who have lived there for years since young girls!

    Girls of North Western European descent are at risk there and I know as I have been there!

    Are they Arab women or our women please explain?

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