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Detained Briton 'choked on vomit'

Dubai, April 16, 2011

A British man who died in police custody in Dubai earlier this month suffocated on his own vomit, according to the public prosecutor's office.

Britain said on Thursday it was pressing police in Dubai to investigate the death of tourist Lee Bradley Brown in police custody this month.

In a statement reported by the official United Arab Emirates news agency WAM late on Thursday, Prosecutor Essam al-Humaidan said a post mortem showed death was caused by suffocation as a result of vomit leaking into his respiratory tract.

Humaidan said blood and urine tests revealed traces of hashish in the man's blood.

"All necessary measures were taken immediately and the duty prosecutor swiftly moved to the scene of the incident and conducted a first-hand examination of the body and its whereabouts," he said, adding that a coroner also examined the body.

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported on Thursday that Brown was staying at the luxury Burj al-Arab hotel and was beaten to death after being arrested for swearing.

The Dubai Public Prosecutor said he was taken into custody after verbally and physically abusing a female member of staff at the hotel.

"He pulled her by the hair and tried to push her from the balcony of the sixth floor in the hotel before a group of hotel employees restrained him," WAM said.-Reuters




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