British footballer sentenced to 25 years in Dubai
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British footballer jailed for 25 years in Dubai after police discovered four small bottles of CBD vape oil.
Billy Hood had his apartment and car searched after officers received information about the drugs. The agents only discovered cash and CBD oil which is harmless. CBD oil is legal in the UK but contains trace elements of THC.
After Billy was thrown in jail, he was reportedly forced to sign a false confession. The confession was written in Arabic which he could not understand. The confession admitted having sold and trafficked oil.
Billy was convicted. He has just been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Speaking to Breda, The Sun Billy’s mother commented, “I don’t think there’s a word in the dictionary that describes the pain I’m going through.
“I can’t talk about it without tears coming to my eyes. It’s too hard to take.
“The rare times he tries to make a phone call… we love him so much.”
Billy was playing for Kensington & Ealing Borough. He is a former semi-pro footballer.
Billy’s mother added, “He’s not our Billy, he’s 100% innocent. There was no help from the Embassy. We have been in contact with them all the time. I contacted them every day. The most that I have of them is that he is doing well.
Billy had just moved to Dubai when he was arrested. Billy said, “They jumped over to arrest me, handcuffed me. An officer jumped up and pointed a Taser at me, threatening to use it if I didn’t cooperate,
“They demanded to show them where the drugs are. I was shocked, scared and confused. I told them that I was not aware of or in possession of any drugs or substances.
The Detained in Dubai charity helps Billy’s family. Radha Stirling, Founder and CEO of Detained in Dubai spoke with The Sun. He said: “He was arrested and charged with trafficking, selling and possessing CBD oil, which is illegal in the United Arab Emirates.
“He had been in prison for four days and was coerced and coerced into signing a confession, which is common in Dubai.
“Having CBD oil would be a very, very small penalty, maybe a few years at the most, but because they added the traffic and the sale, it turned into 25 years.
“The only proof is the confession which was in Arabic and he didn’t know what he was signing.
“Billy only had a very small amount of CBD oil, but in the oil there are microscopic trace elements of the active ingredient THC and that’s enough for a conviction.
“It’s amazing, 25 years to have an oil that can’t even get you high is extreme.”
The CBD oil was reportedly left in the car by a friend.
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