Billy Hood’s uncle angered by Dubai propaganda
The UAE’s government controlled newspaper published a self praising article in response to the media coverage of Billy Hood’s 25 year sentence in Dubai, claiming he was “treated well” by authorities, angering Billy’s family who know first hand, this was not the case.
“We are angered by the UAE’s response to Billy’s situation which has been to justify their mistreatment of Billy and spread propaganda rather than address the injustice of this case”, said David Guckion, Billy’s uncle. “We know full well that it’s impossible for the UAE to have a genuine witness against Billy and we know Dubai’s police generate false witness testimony to secure convictions. We have never been told who this supposed witness even is. The fact is, Billy was never in touch with anyone to arrange to sell vape ware and there is zero evidence of that. The Dubai authorities then go on to say Billy had ‘substantial amounts of cash’ but again, this is Dubai trying to slander and paint a false impression of him. They are trying to call his £4,000 in wages paid by his employer, ‘substantial’. His employer even made a statement that Billy had been paid in cash for his job as a football coach and it’s reflected in his contract. If this is the kind of evidence Dubai police are relying upon to lock someone up for selling, then we’re all guilty.
“Authorities first say it was CBD vape ware and now they are calling it something else. It seems like they are just trying to salvage their own terrible reputation after embarrassing the whole country with this ridiculous arrest. Police then try to divert attention to canisters in the car that were unopened and scheduled for delivery to a catering company. They are perfectly legal and are sold in Dubai. The catering company has even vouched for that and the canisters are not part of any charges or convictions, they’re just attempting to divert attention from their atrocious treatment of Billy.
“Billy’s drug tests all returned negative. Anyone who knows Billy has vouched for him and his 100% anti-drug policy. It is absolutely absurd that the police have not only ruined his life but also slandered him and his reputation. It’s not acceptable that Billy has been held for more than nine months over 4 small bottles of vape oil that were not even his and that he has no interest in.