After exposing crooked police in Dubai, a tourist vanishes from the jail.
A British tourist has fled from a jail where he had been illegally detained, after promising to expose the dishonest police officers responsible for his arrest.
Billy Hood's family is fearful for his safety after he "vanished" after pledging to expose the cops he claims framed him.
The 24-year-old has not communicated with his family since being transferred from one of Dubai's most notorious prisons to an Abu Dhabi jail, The Sun claimed.
Mr Hood's horrified family is fearful for his safety after he recently claimed to have devastating evidence that Dubai police framed him.
A London-based friend of the footballer said he had been "tortured" and "tasered" in the "hellhole" prison since discussing his explosive evidence.
Brenda Hood, Mr Hood's grieving mother, claimed her son "hasn't been able to contact his lawyer" since his relocation.
She informed Radha Stirling, the founder and CEO of the pressure group Detained in Dubai, that her son had been cut off from everything.
"I have no idea what he is going through right now," she stated.
"He's been shuffled from pillar to post and was only recently relieved to be reunited with fellow British citizens in Dubai when he was abruptly sent to Abu Dhabi."
He is through the most stressful period of his life and is unable to connect with his family, counsel, or the British Embassy."
The athlete was sentenced to 25 years in a terrible prison after investigators discovered only four little vials of CBD vape oil in his car.
He was then sent to another prison, where he has had "zero communication" with his family or associates.
Ms Stirling, a campaigner, characterized the UAE's legal system as "unpredictable" and warned that "unexpected delays are typical" in the run-up to Mr Hood's appeal verdict on November 30.
"Billy Hood does not deserve a 25-year prison term for an act he did not commit," she stated.
"He has already lost a year of his life to horrible circumstances that will almost certainly plague him for the rest of his years, even if he is exonerated or pardoned."
I've witnessed firsthand the effect that unjust detention and persecution have on those unfortunate enough to witness it. "I just hope Billy returns home before Christmas to begin the healing process."
Mr Hood has now been detained for nine months under the UAE's harsh drug regulations following an allegation that a friend left the CBD oil in his car when dropping him off at the airport.
Mr Hood was frequently pummeled for five days straight, according to friend and football agent Alfie Cain, while authorities attempted to coerce him into confessing to narcotics crimes.
He claimed Mr Hood informed him he signed the drug trafficking confession only after officials assured him that signing the document, which was written in Arabic, would put an end to the abuse.
Mr Hood's family, backed by the advocacy organization Detained in Dubai, has sought for a royal pardon and made a direct request to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum for his release.
They denounced his detention as "crazy" and claimed that police "ruined his life and slandered him and his character."
A campaign to liberate the teenage football coach has garnered over 110,000 signatures, prompting Ms Stirling to seek the backing of government leaders.
"Detained in Dubai has galvanized MPs to support a parliamentary discussion on whether the FCDO should tighten travel warnings to the UAE," Ms Stirling said.
"It's not only about the tough rules themselves; it's also about coerced confessions, unfair trials, and an untrustworthy legal system that can devastate lives like Billy's."
Mr Hood stated through his lawyers that he had recently relocated to Dubai to coach children's football and was arrested while attempting to get something from his car.
"They leapt out to apprehend me and handcuffs me. "One police jumped out and brandished a Taser at me, threatening to use it if I refused to cooperate," he explained.
"They asked to be shown the whereabouts of the drugs. I was taken aback, terrified, and perplexed. I informed them that I was not aware of, nor was I in possession of, any illegal drugs or substances."
The police had expressed interest in Mr Hood as a result of something they had observed on social media.
Mr Hood permitted investigators to search his flat and car and consented to a voluntary drug test, which came back negative.
The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy for drug-related offenses.
Trafficking, smuggling, and possession of even trace amounts of drugs carry severe punishments.
Drug trafficking convictions carry the death penalty, while possession of even a trace amount of illegal substances has a mandatory minimum four-year prison sentence.