Briton jailed in Dubai over CBD vape oil ‘was beaten in jail’ while Prince William visited city


A jailed British soccer coach was allegedly beaten up by jail guards in Dubai on the identical day that Prince William visited the city for an Expo occasion. 

Billy Hood, 25, from west London, was ‘violently attacked’ by 4 Emirati jail guards on Thursday after he punched the wall of his jail cell out of ‘frustration’, campaigners have claimed.

Mr Hood, who’s serving ten years in jail for ‘unintentionally’ possessing CBD vape oil, was remoted in a cell that would solely match a mattress, based on Detained in Dubai – an organisation that helps overseas nationals arrested in the Emirate.

The alleged assault is believed to have occurred on the identical day that Prince William was individually on an official go to to Dubai to fulfill UAE diplomats to debate ‘sustainability’.

William’s go to to Dubai – his first official journey to the UAE and his first main abroad go to in two years – was designed to rejoice British expertise, promote ties between the UK and the UAE, and champion environmental causes near his coronary heart.

Billy Hood (pictured) was allegedly ‘violently attacked’ by 4 Emirati jail guards on Thursday after he punched the wall of his jail cell out of ‘frustration’, campaigners claimed

Speaking concerning the alleged assault, Mr Hood’s brother Alex claimed it was not the primary time his brother had been ‘assaulted while in custody’.

He stated: ‘I’m disgusted that the UK would ever enable this to occur to a British citizen and that they haven’t already intervened.’ 

While Mr Hood’s mom Breda known as on Prince William to save lots of her son and promote human rights in the UAE, asking the Duke to think about how ‘you’d really feel for those who came upon your helpless son was beaten in a overseas jail’. 

‘I implore Prince William to assist my son, the opposite British nationals in jail and future guests. If nothing is completed to assist Billy, how can we ever say the UAE is protected for Brits?’, she stated.

‘My son is in jail for one thing he did not do. He should not even be there. I can not perceive how this has been allowed to occur. He’s being beaten in a overseas jail as a result of his buddy left CBD oil in his automobile. 

‘What sort of a system is that this? I wish to be sick after I see exhibits and ads selling Dubai. I’m disgusting to see Prince William being handled respectfully when they’re clearly disrespecting him by torturing his individuals.’

CEO of Detained in Dubai Radha Stirling added: ‘It is abhorrent and actually surprising that the United Arab Emirates, our ally, has refused to stop the mistreatment, abuse and torture of British residents.’

Detained in Dubai has known as for pressing conferences with the Foreign Office, while the charity stated a grievance can be filed with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  

The alleged assault is believed to have occurred on the identical day that Prince William (pictured) was individually on an official go to to Dubai to fulfill UAE diplomats to debate ‘sustainability’

Ms Stirling added: ‘Unfair detention and human rights violations have to be handled by overseas governments and it’s time that the UAE was held to account for the continued abuse of people in detention.’

The alleged assault is known to have come on the identical day as Prince William’s one-day journey to the nation for the Dubai Expo 2020.

William toured the Expo 2020’s $7billion grounds of the location alongside Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the son of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

The go to was carried out on the request of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and it got here in the fiftieth anniversary year of the UAE and coincided with the UK National Day being held at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The alleged beating comes after Mr Hood had his 25 year sentence for possessing CBD vape oil lowered to 10 years at attraction. 

Mr Hood was arrested in January final year and in October convicted of drug trafficking with intent to provide after the vape oil was discovered in the boot of his automobile.

In November, his case was introduced in entrance of an Abu Dhabi attraction courtroom, which recognised Mr Hood had ‘unintentionally possessed’ the medicine however had no ‘intent to provide’, and lowered the time period by 15 years. 

Following the appeals judgement in November, Ms Stirling slammed Dubai police for ‘forcing [Mr Hood] to admit with guarantees of his imminent launch’. 

Mr Hood’s greatest buddy Alfie Cain beforehand claimed he advised him he was slapped, tasered, beaten for 5 days to make him signal a confession and solely given bread and small quantities of water while in a Dubai jail. 

He advised Mr Cain he solely signed a confession to the medicine expenses, which was written in Arabic, as a result of officers stated if he did the abuse would cease. 

Prince William attends Britain nationwide day ceremony on the UK pavilion on the Dubai Expo in Dubai on Thursday, marking his first official journey to the UAE

Family members have stated he was so frightened and drained that he agreed to signal a confession not figuring out he had admitted to such critical crimes. 

Speaking about Mr Hood’s confession, Mr Cain stated: ‘Billy stated they advised 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.’  

Ms Stirling beforehand accused the UAE of forming a ‘manufactured a case’ towards Mr Hood, however the Emirate has denied this, saying that he was charged based mostly on plenty of objects discovered in his automobile.

A earlier assertion from the UAE Public Prosecution stated: ‘Mr. Hood was discovered to be in possession of portions of artificial hashish oil. 

‘The Police search of Mr Hood’s automobile discovered the hashish oil, substantial quantities of money, an digital hookah, numerous storage bottles and containers, and 570 particular person cartridges for use for substance vaping. 

‘Mr. Hood was convicted based mostly on proof together with the objects discovered in his possession, data on his telephone, third celebration assertion, and his personal confession.’  

Police in Dubai are thought to have singled out Mr Hood after monitoring WhatsApp messages and on the lookout for key phrases associated to medicine.

Every week earlier than his arrest the buddy who owned the vape liquid despatched a message telling Hood he had mistakenly left it behind in his automobile. 

Hood, who performed semi-professional soccer for Kensington and Ealing Borough FC, was surprised when police unexpectedly turned up at his flat in January and demanded to look his dwelling and company automobile.

Four small vials of vape liquid containing hashish oil (CBD) and a vape pen have been later discovered in the passenger door compartment.

After his arrest, Hood volunteered to take a urine take a look at for medicine which got here again destructive.

Mr Hood’s greatest buddy Alfie Cain (pictured on Good Morning Britain) beforehand claimed he advised him he was slapped, tasered, beaten for 5 days to make him signal a confession

Vape liquid containing CBD (hashish oil) is bought by excessive avenue shops in the UK and completely authorized though they have to include lower than 0.2 per cent of THC which is the ingredient that results in customers getting ‘excessive’. 

Police additionally discovered just a few thousand kilos in money in his flat however Mr Hood’s employers advised police that they had paid him they money while his checking account was being arrange. 

He stated one of many arresting officers stated they have been in him from social media however didn’t take his telephone or computer. He maintains there was no point out of the vape liquid on social media however in one WhatsApp message. 

Pressure group Detained in Dubai consider the one rationalization for police turning up unannounced may very well be authorities monitoring WhatsApp and studying the message concerning the vape liquid.

After he was handed a 25 year sentence in October, Mr Hood stated in a press release launched by his lawyer: ‘I don’t smoke vape pens, cigarettes and even sheesha. I’m very anti-drugs and spend my days teaching in colleges with kids.

‘I had simply moved to a brand new dwelling in Dubai and went to get a telephone charger from my automobile after I was all of a sudden approached by police.

‘They jumped out to arrest me, handcuffed me. One officers pointed a taser at me, threatening to make use of it if I didn’t cooperate.

‘They demanded I present them the place the medicine have been. I used to be shocked and confused and advised them I wasn’t in possession of any medicine.’