Family of Chadwell Heath man allegedly beaten to death by Dubai police want answers

Lee Brown on holiday in 2008

Lee Brown on holiday in 2008 - Credit: Archant

The family of a Chadwell Heath man they say was beaten to death by Dubai police are still waiting for an independent investigation two years later.

Lee Brown, of Baron Road, went on a last-minute holiday to Dubai in April 2011 but was arrested after just hours in the United Arab Emirates after a confrontation with a maid in the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel.

The first his relatives heard of the 39-year-old’s arrest was in a call from panicked inmates at Bur Dubai police station, who said Lee was dying after a vicious beating by police.

The next day, on April 13, the family had another call saying his body had been taken from the cell in a bodybag.

Lee’s sister-in-law Sue Brown said United Arab Emirates authorities originally blamed the attack on inmates but retracted the allegation and promised a full investigation.

However, it has yet to emerge despite visits to Dubai and meetings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mrs Brown, of Leytonstone, said: “We are still waiting on CCTV of the police station from the Emirati authorities. It has been protracted and if they don’t come back with it, that won’t look good on them.”

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Inmates at the police detention centre where Lee died said he had been stripped, restrained and beaten by several police officers before being left to die for three days in solitary confinement.

Mrs Brown said she was “not surprised” to hear Redbridge men Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams made allegations of torture at the hands of the same police force.

An independent investigation into their ordeal also has yet to emerge, despite alleged torturers being called to give prosecution evidence at their trial.

After Lee’s death, his family were contacted by dozens of people who had been imprisoned in the country themselves or had friends or relatives with similar stories.

Mrs Brown said: “We hear people are going on holiday to Dubai and shudder.”