A British man, aged 24, has been jailed in Dubai for 25 years after vape liquid containing CBD oil was found in his car.
Despite taking a negative drug test after his arrest, Billy Hood was allegedly forced to sign a confession he didn’t understand or face never being released from prison.
In a statement released through his lawyers, he said: “I had just moved to a new home in Dubai and went to get a phone charger from my car when I was suddenly approached by police.
“They jumped out to arrest me, handcuffed me. One officer pointed a taser at me, threatening to use it if I did not cooperate.
“They demanded I show them where the drugs were. I was shocked and confused and told them I wasn’t in possession of any drugs.”
Hood, who is from Notting Hill, in London, said he then told police: “I do not smoke vape pens, cigarettes, or even sheesha.
“I am very anti-drugs and spend my days coaching in schools with children.”
It’s believed a friend mistakenly left the vape liquid in his car and texted him to tell him.
Lawyers from Detained in Dubai, who are representing Hood, believe authorities were monitoring the messages and reading about the vape liquid, which they reportedly believe is the only explanation for them turning up unannounced.
Its founder, Radha Sterling, said: “We have seen people arrested and even convicted without evidence, often on the basis of a forced confession in Arabic or from some third party.
“Drug convictions are prestigious for police leading to promotions and the courts do not need substantial evidence to secure a conviction.”
Back home, Hood’s heartbroken mum, Breda, told The Sun: “I don’t think there’s a word in the dictionary that describes the pain I’m going through.
“I can’t talk about it without tears forming in my eyes. It’s too hard to take in.”
Vape liquid containing cannabis oil is legal in the UK, as long as it contains less than 0.2% of THC, which is the ingredient that leads to users getting ‘high’.
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