Briton dies in Dubai custody amid torture allegations

14th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

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

© 2011 AFP

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