THE British soccer coach jailed for 25 years after being discovered with innocent CBD vape oil was “tortured” and “tasered” in a hell-hole Dubai jail, he has informed a buddy.
Billy Hood, 24, was discovered responsible of possession, promoting and drug trafficking after police discovered simply 4 small bottles of vape oil in his automobile.
And talking to a buddy after his arrest in January, he described dealing with horrendous circumstances on the infamous Al-Barsha jail in Dubai.
Soccer agent Alfie Cain, says Billy was crushed day by day for 5 days as officers from Dubai’s CID tried to power the younger coach to admit to drug crimes.
“It has been dangerous in Al-Barsha, I am not going to sugar coat it,” stated Alfie, a former non-league footballer from London.
“Once they took him to the CID medication unit they beat him for a complete 5 days, he informed me law enforcement officials tasered him, slapped him within the face and all they fed him was bread and little little bit of water.
“He was principally tortured and put in a cell with 30 different individuals for 5 days.”
Billy informed Alfie, additionally 24, he solely signed the drug trafficking confession as a result of officers informed him if he signed the doc, written in Arabic, they’d cease the abuse.
“Billy stated they informed him he might go dwelling if he signed the paper, that is why he gave in and signed that piece of paper in Arabic he had no thought what he signing, however he simply needed to make it cease.”
In line with Human Rights Watch, a global non-governmental organisation, Al-Barsha was named as one among three detention amenities throughout the nation the place prisoners reside in poor circumstances.
Their findings claimed relations stated prisoners at Al-Barsha have been denied satisfactory medical care and that overcrowding and unsanitary circumstances make hygiene practices very troublesome particularly in the course of the pandemic.
Vaping CBD oil is authorized within the UK and has develop into extraordinarily widespread – sometimes used to alleviate ache, anxiousness or stress.
However as a result of it typically accommodates hint components of THC – the primary psychoactive compound present in hashish – Billy, 24, was arrested and thrown in jail beneath the UAE’s medieval drug legal guidelines.
After his arrest on January 31, campaigners say Billy was pressured to signal a false confession written in Arabic admitting to the extra critical offences of promoting and trafficking the oil.
‘100 PER CENT INNOCENT’
And final week shocked Billy, from Ladbroke Grove, London, was discovered responsible and sentenced to 25 years in jail.
Heartbroken Billy’s mum Breda, informed The Solar: “I don’t suppose there’s a phrase within the dictionary that describes the ache I’m going by means of.
“I can not discuss it with out tears forming in my eyes. It is too laborious to absorb.
Mum-of-three Breda, 55, stated: “This isn’t our Billy, he’s 100 per cent harmless.
“There was no assist from the embassy. We’ve been in contact with them continuous. I’ve contacted them day by day. Essentially the most I’ve received from them is that ‘he is okay’.”
In an announcement by means of his legal professionals, Billy stated he had simply moved to Dubai to educate children’ soccer and was arrested when he went to get one thing from his automobile.
“They jumped out to arrest me, handcuffed me. One officer jumped out and pointed a Taser at me, threatening to make use of it if I didn’t cooperate,” he stated.
“They demanded to point out them the place the medication are. I used to be shocked, scared and confused. I informed them I wasn’t conscious or in possession of any medication or substances.”
The police had informed Billy they had been serious about him due to one thing they’d seen on social media.
Satisfied they’d the improper man, Billy allowed officers to go looking his condo and automobile and submitted to a voluntary medication check which got here again detrimental.
Officers discovered just a few thousand kilos in money in his condo which Billy says was cash from his new employer whereas he set a checking account up.
Founder and CEO of strain group Detained in Dubai, Radha Stirling, described his therapy and sentence as “excessive”.
She informed The Solar: “He had been in jail for 4 days and was pressured and coerced into signing a confession, which is commonplace in Dubai.
It is unimaginable, 25 years for having an oil that may’t even get you excessive, it is excessive
Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai
“Being in possession of CBD oil could be a really very small sentence, probably just a few years most, however as a result of they’ve added trafficking and promoting in there it has develop into 25 years.
“The one proof is the confession which was in Arabic and he did not know what he was signing.
“It is unimaginable, 25 years for having an oil that may’t even get you excessive, it is excessive.”
Ms Stirling says a lawyer for Billy will lodge an attraction and her organisation plans to foyer the British authorities for assist in a bid to have the sentence overturned.
There’s zero tolerance for drug-related offences within the UAE.
The penalties for trafficking, smuggling and possession of medicine (even residual quantities) are extreme.
Sentences for drug trafficking can embody the dying penalty and possession of even the smallest quantity of unlawful medication can result in a minimal four-year jail sentence.
Billy’s household has arrange a GoFundMe web page which has to date raised virtually £11,000.
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