British footballer Billy Hood was thrown into a Dubai prison for ten days in solitary confinement infested with cockroaches, a family member has revealed
Billy’s uncle David speaks to his nephew for the first time in weeks after his contact with the outside world was brutally cut off by prison guards.
In October, 24-year-old Billy was sentenced to 25 years in prison after four small bottles of harmless CBD vape oil were found in his car.
“I spoke to him but he was very limited in what he could say,” David told Radha Sterling, CEO and founder. Detained in Dubai.
“On arrival he was kept in solitary confinement and the limit was supposed to be five days but he was kept for ten days.
“The light was on full beam round the clock.
“Billy told me he had come close to losing his mind in a cockroach-infested cell with no toiletries and the aircon set to -10 degrees”.
Billy’s family had heard nothing from him since his release from one of Dubai’s most infamous prisons.
His family was very concerned for his well being as he claimed that he had strong evidence that the Dubai Police had implicated him.
A friend of the footballer from Ladbroke Grove, West London, even claimed he had been “tortured” and “photographed” in a “hell” prison ever since he discussed his blatant evidence.
As he awaits the verdict for his appeal, Billy will spend his 25th birthday in appalling circumstances in the infamous Al Sadr prison.
On the ten days she spent in solitary confinement, Ms Sterling said: “It is a form of torture and certainly a violation of UN directives.
“We have received several reports over the years that interrogation rooms and chambers have been turned into freezer boxes, with some prisoners even submerged in ice cold water.
“This treatment is a violation of what the UK stands for and should be investigated.”
Billy is now behind bars under strict UAE drug laws for nine months after a friend allegedly left CBD oil in his car as he dropped it off at the airport.
Friend and football agent Alfie Cain said that Billy was beaten for five consecutive days while officers tried to force him to confess to drug offenses.
He said that Billy told him that he only signed the drug trafficking confession because the authorities told him that if he signed a document written in Arabic, they would stop the abuse.
Billy’s family, backed by a detained campaign group in Dubai, has applied for a royal pardon, appealing directly to the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, for the freedom of the 24-year-old.
He described his arrest as “ridiculous” and said it was “absolutely absurd” that the police had “ruined his life and maligned him and his reputation”.
There is zero tolerance for drug-related offenses in the UAE.
Penalties for smuggling, smuggling and even possession of small amounts of narcotics are severe.
Punishments for drug trafficking can include the death penalty and possession of even the tiniest amount of illegal drugs can carry at least four years in prison.