14 April, 2011

Inmate "beaten to death" at Bur Dubai police station

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.’
-- more here: Daily Mail: Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing


Link found via detainedindubai on twitter

10 comments:

unJane said...

What a sad story. Maybe the Guinness Book of World Records could add a Human Rights category to incentivize Dubai.

♀♥Kiara ♥♀ said...

No words to describe this new!

But which kind of swearing he did?

If this new is truth, the responsible police men need to be punished! All of them!

Seabee said...
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Seabee said...
I'm in the UK at the moment Sam and this is the version the radio news is reporting regularly too. It's been on the news headlines at least every hour.

I've just looked at Gulf News and I see Dubai Police are saying he died of natural causes...

el Shahlab said...

'Dubai death Briton Lee Brown 'choked on vomit'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13085398

Anna Fani said...

This is so scary :(. What kind of law enforcement officials would beat a person to death...

Dave said...

Surely a world class place like Dubai would have video footage in all their cells?

Gnomad said...

I understand from friends who live in Dubai that the individual concerned was arrested after being involved in a fight in which three other people were hospitalised, one of them with wounds from a broken glass bottle in his face, allegedly caused by the arrested party.
Whilst glassing someone shouldn't carry the death penalty, this does put rather a different perspective on the matter.
The arrested person, according to local reports, is said to have been drunk, violent and abusive to the police.
hopefully the truth will out.

Anonymous said...

Finally the cat is out of the bag.....yes dear tourists, this is what Dubai is all about, who would know better, I live here for the past 30 years.... Welcome to Dubai, the immoral land where everything sells from girls/ boys trafficking to dope and murder in deserts!

Anonymous said...

Typical brit tourist, drinking too much, thinking having money entitles you to act like a twat and choking on his own vomit. I'm just saying there are literally thousands of tourists that come to dubai every year and its always the brits that act like cunts and get thrown in jail. Anyways, that's one less wanker at the bar I'm not gonna miss.

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