THE family of jailed Brit footballer Billy Hood fear for his safety as he has ‘vanished’ after vowing to expose the cops he claimed framed him.
Billy Hood, 24, has had zero contact with his family since being shipped off to an Abu Dhabi[/caption]
Billy recently claimed he had bombshell evidence that proved he had been set up by Dubai cops[/caption]
Billy’s terrified family are deeply concerned for his wellbeing as he recently claimed he has damning evidence that Dubai cops framed him.
A friend of the footballer, from Ladbroke Grove, West London, even claimed he had been “tortured” and “tasered” in the “hellhole” prison ever since he discussed his bombshell evidence.
His heartbroken mother Brenda revealed her son “hasn’t even been able to get in touch with his lawyer,” since his transfer.
She told the founder and CEO of pressure group Detained in Dubai, Radha Stirling: “I can’t imagine what he’s going through now.
“He’s been moved from pillar to post and was just finally relieved to be with other British citizens in Dubai when they suddenly moved him to Abu Dhabi.
“He’s going through the most stressful time in his entire life and can’t even communicate with his family, his lawyer or the British Embassy.”
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The athlete was sentenced to 25 years in a terrifying jail after he was found guilty of possession, selling and drug trafficking after cops found just four small bottles of CBD vape oil in his car.
He has since been shipped off to another facility, while having “zero contact” with any of his family or allies.
Campaigner Ms Stirling described the judicial process in the UAE as “unpredictable” and warned “unexpected delays are commonplace” ahead of Billy’s appeal judgement on November 30.
“Billy Hood does not deserve a 25-year sentence for something he did not do,” she said.
“He has already lost a year of his life under traumatic circumstances which will likely haunt him for the rest of his life, even if he is exonerated or pardoned.
“I’ve seen the effect unfair detention and persecution has on people who are unlucky enough to see it first hand,” Ms Stirling continued.
“I just hope Billy is home before Christmas to begin the healing process.”
Billy has now been behind bars for nine months under the strict UAE drug laws after a pal allegedly left the CBD oil in his car as he dropped him off at the airport.
“RUINED HIS LIFE”
Friend and football agent Alfie Cain said Billy was repeatedly beaten for five days straight while officers tried to force him to confess to drug crimes.
He said Billy told him he only signed the drug trafficking confession because officials told him if he signed the document, written in Arabic, they would stop the abuse.
Billy’s family, backed by campaign group Detained in Dubai, have applied for a royal pardon while appealing directly to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum for the 24-year-old’s freedom.
They blasted his arrest as “ridiculous” and said it was “absolutely absurd” that police have “ruined his life and slandered him and his reputation”.
A petition to free the young football coach has gained over 110,000 signatures – seeing Ms Stirling call on government ministers for their support.
She explained: “Detained in Dubai has rallied up MP’s to support a parliamentary debate on whether the FCDO should increase travel warnings to the UAE.
“It’s not just about the strict laws themselves, but about forced confessions, unfair trials and an unreliable legal system that can ruin lives like Billy’s.”
In a statement through his lawyers, Billy said he had just moved to Dubai to coach kids’ football and was arrested when he went to get something from his car.
TOUGH DRUG LAWS
“They jumped out to arrest me, handcuffed me. One officer jumped out and pointed a Taser at me, threatening to use it if I didn’t cooperate,” he said.
“They demanded to show them where the drugs are. I was shocked, scared and confused. I told them I wasn’t aware or in possession of any drugs or substances.”
The police had told Billy they were interested in him because of something they had seen on social media.
Convinced they had the wrong man, Billy allowed officers to search his apartment and car and submitted to a voluntary drugs test which came back negative.
There is zero tolerance for drug-related offences in the UAE.
The penalties for trafficking, smuggling and possession of even tiny amounts of drugs are severe.
Sentences for drug trafficking can include the death penalty and possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can lead to a minimum four-year jail sentence.
Billy’s mum says he was ‘relieved’ to be with other Brits at the Dubai prison before he was moved[/caption]
The 24-year-old faces 25 years behind bars after being found with CBD oil[/caption]