Billy Hood, 24, of West London, said he was forced to sign a false confession written in Arabic. Smuggling, CBD vape oil supply and seizure – which is legal in the UK.
It came as police searched his car and found four small bottles of the substance, which he said had been dropped off by a friend.
The former semi-professional footballer, who coached children in the UAE, spent nine months in prison after his arrest in January, before being sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Radha Sterling, the chief executive in custody in Dubai, hosts the Gulf in Justice Podcast and specializes in extradition cases, is helping Hood’s family.
He said: “Forced and coerced confessions are common in Dubai. Although CBD Oil did not belong to the cat, it is legal in many countries, including the UK, where one can buy it at a local health food shop.
“It doesn’t make you ‘high’ and in no way guarantees that this person’s life will be stolen from him.”
“The UAE promotes itself as a glamorous party destination for foreigners with marketing to attract investors, skilled workers and tourists.
“Celebrities are paid for marketing the country, ultimately covering up the truth for money.
“People have been arrested for prescription drugs, dust glasses or affiliation with someone, a false accusation, for having a glass of alcohol on a flight or for tracing elements of cannabis used outside the country.” There are still systems
“Then we have several foreigners arrested for cybercrime complaints such as Facebook messages, WhatsApp or even negative hotel reviews.”
The State Department was accused of not doing enough to help Hooda’s mother, Breda.
When specifically asked about the allegation, a spokesman simply said that the FCO was “providing consular support to a British man imprisoned in the UAE”.
Ms Sterling, who represented seven other detainees in the disputed situation in Dubai, said:
“We have seen people being arrested and even sentenced without any evidence, often in Arabic on the basis of forced confessions or on the testimony of third-party witnesses of persuading informants.
“Drug punishment is respectable for the police, which leads to promotion and reward. Courts do not need solid evidence for punishment.
“They are happy to end people’s lives on the basis of a third party hearing or forced confession. Foreigners find it impossible to get a fair hearing and false accusations are common.
Ms Sterling called on the UAE government to release Hood, along with UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed.
He added: “These are not isolated incidents but recurring patterns and that is why Baroness Whitaker, Andy Slater and other members of Parliament have called on the Foreign Office to increase its travel warnings and detain British detainees. Bind the UAE on the misuse of
Billy Hood does not deserve to spend 25 years in a desert prison because his friend left some CBD oil in his company car.
“He has already spent a terrible nine months in prison, which is a very scary and stressful experience for him and his entire family. We appeal to Sheikh Mohammed and the government of Dubai to let the cat come home.” ۔
Additional reporting by SWNS.