Family of dead tourist demands full investigation

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Relatives of a British tourist who died in custody in Dubai have criticised the police and demanded a full investigation.

The family of 39-year-old Lee Brown, from Ilford in East London, said a second post mortem examination had been carried out without their consent and could mean "crucial evidence" was lost.

Mr Brown died in police custody on 12 April. He had been arrested six days earlier after being accused of trying to throw a female housekeeper off a balcony.

His brother Steven said: "We wanted to make sure that his death was being taken seriously and that a full and transparent investigation would be launched, without any police interference."

The family's solicitor, Kat Craig, told the BBC: "It is inappropriate that the police, whose very conduct is under scrutiny, have been given apparently unfettered access to Mr Brown's body. Crucial evidence may now be lost, casting doubt on the credibility of any investigation."