British tourist beaten to death in Dubai prison

Briton was facing charges of intimidating behaviour, use of abusive language.

Dubai: The British embassy in Dubai says a British tourist has died in custody in the city state. His family claims he was beaten by police.

Embassy spokeswoman Ruzina Hasan says the diplomatic mission is in close contact with Dubai police, which is investigating the death of the Briton, Lee Bradley Brown.

Hasan says Brown was visiting Dubai when he was detained.

A report on Thursday in the 7-Days newspaper says the 39-year-old Briton died on Monday. He was detained last week for assault and was facing charges of "intimidating behaviour" and "use of abusive language”.

Brown`s family told the newspaper that his fellow inmates called to tell them he had been attacked. The report says the inmates saw his body being taken away.

Bureau Report