Family Of British Footballer Jailed For CBD In Dubai Say He Is Uncontactable
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The family of the 24-year-old footballer who was jailed in Dubai for possession of CBD oil are fearing for his safety, saying they've been unable to contact him.
Billy Hood hasn't been in touch with his relatives ever since he was moved from a jail in Dubai to one in Abu Dhabi.
The British footballer was sentenced to 25 years behind bars after police found four tiny bottles of CBD oil in his car.
Last month, Billy launched an appeal to overturn his case as his friend alleged that Billy had been 'tortured' and 'tasered' in the prison.
Now Billy's mum, Brenda, has revealed her son 'hasn't even been able to get in touch with his lawyer' since being transferred to the prison in Abu Dhabi, the Sun reports.
Speaking to founder and CEO of Detained in Dubai Radha Stirling, Brenda said: "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."
This comes after Stirling claimed there was evidence authorities had 'basically manufactured a claim against Billy'.
It has previously been claimed that Billy was forced to sign a confession in Arabic before being sentenced for possession, selling and trafficking drugs.
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."