Brit Jailed For 25 Years Over CBD Oil 'Tortured' In Dubai Prison
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A British football coach who was jailed for 25 years in Dubai for having four bottles of CBD oil has been 'tortured' in prison.
Billy Hood, 24, was forced into signing a confession in Arabic before being sentenced for possession, selling and trafficking drugs.
Now, his friend has spoken out about the treatment Billy claims to have been put through for five days while he was at the Al-Barsha police station.
Speaking to The Sun, Alfie said: "It's been bad in Al-Barsha, I'm not going to sugar coat it.
"When they took him to the CID drugs unit they beat him for an entire five days, he told me police officers tasered him, slapped him in the face and all they fed him was bread and a little bit of water.
"He was basically tortured and put in a cell with 30 other people for five days."
Billy also reportedly told Alfie that police told him they would stop the abuse if he signed the document - despite not understanding Arabic.
Alfie went on: "Billy said they told him he could go home if he signed the paper, that's why he gave in and signed that piece of paper in Arabic he had no idea what he signing, but he just wanted to make it stop."
According to reports, Billy was with a friend on 31 January when cops pointed a taser in his face as he went to his car to grab a phone charger.
He was then handcuffed and threatened with the taser if he didn't do as he was told. Officers then confiscated the oils and pen from his vehicle.
In a statement via his lawyers after having been detained in Dubai, Billy said officers 'jumped him', explaining: "I had just moved to a new home in Dubai and a friend of mine came around to see my new place.
"I ordered a food delivery then went to my car to get a second phone charger for him to use when I was suddenly approached by police.
"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.
"They demanded I 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. They wanted to search my car then my apartment and found nothing.
"The next evening, I was taken to Al Barsha police station and kept in an isolation cell for 14 days without any hygiene products. I had no contact with the outside world."
When asked initially if the oils and vape pen were his, Billy, who used to play for semi-pro Kensington and Ealing Borough FC, reportedly told detectives: "To my knowledge, it is normal vape oil."
In his statement, Billy said he is 'wholeheartedly against' drugs, explaining: "I do not smoke vape pens, cigarettes or even shisha."