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Billy Hood moved to Abu Dhabi over CBD 25 year sentence - hasn’t been heard from

Updated: Nov 13, 2021

Billy's family distressed over prison silence

24 year old footballer, Billy Hood, has been moved to Abu Dhabi prison and hasn’t been in ouch since, leaving his family distressed and confused.

Mr Hood’s appeal judgment is scheduled for the 30th of November but Detained in Dubai CEO, says “the judicial process in the UAE can be unpredictable and unexpected delays are commonplace. Adding to the family’s distress is Billy’s transfer to Abu Dhabi with zero contact from him”.

Billy’s mother Breda, told Stirling today “he hasn’t even been able to get in touch with his lawyer. 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.”

Billy was arrested nine months ago and forced to confess to crimes he had not committed, including selling, trafficking and possessing small bottles of CBD vape oil that his friend had accidentally left in his car when being dropped off at the airport. On the basis of the forced confession, authorities charged him with federal crimes causing the matter to be transferred to notoriously inefficient courts in Abu Dhabi.