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Prisoner warns Billy Hood's family “Britain won’t help you”

Albert Douglas has been beaten by guards, deprived medication and asked to make a propaganda video for Sheikh Mohammed and the Dubai prison guards

The question on most families' minds when a loved one is arrested in the Middle East is “will the British foreign office help us?” Prisoner Albert Douglas has passed a message to Billy’s family from Dubai prison in a telephone call today, “The FCDO has consistently let me down after I was beaten by prison guards. They have lied to my family and told them repeatedly that I had my heart medication when I didn’t. They have told us again and again that they can’t do anything. The truth is, they just don’t want to. While the US government, Canada and other countries step in, the UK are acting like puppets of the Emiratis, it’s disgraceful.

“I hope Billy doesn’t end up in Dubai’s jails. He’s a young boy who has been forced to confess to serious crimes that would ruin his whole life. I’m sitting here in prison with numerous others who have also been forced to confess, treated like animals, tortured and abused. I just got out of hospital for surgery from injuries inflicted by the prison guards and still, the UK does nothing. This situation needs urgent attention. We are collateral damage to Britain's trade deals. They are literally selling our souls”.