Billy Hood – Inside Dubai hellhole jail holding Brit footballer where inmates are tortured and left to die from diseases

THE hellhole UAE jail where British footballer Billy Hood is being held has been accused of torturing prisoners and leaving them to die from diseases.

Activists have previously raised the alarm over Dubai's al-Awir prison for their brutal treatment of inmates.

According to the human rights NGO Human Rights Watch, prisoners, including some with chronic health conditions, were denied adequate medical care.

During the pandemic, Human Rights Watch also claimed that the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions made social distancing impossible for prisoners and authorities in the prison.

“Crowded, unsanitary prison conditions and widespread denial of adequate medical care are nothing new in the UAE’s notorious detention facilities, but the ongoing pandemic is an additional serious threat to prisoners’ well-being,” said Michael Page, Middle East deputy director at Human Rights Watch.

“The best way for UAE authorities to allay concerns of prisoners’ family members is to allow inspection by independent, international monitors.”

In al-Awir, sources told Human Rights Watch that from March to June, prisoners who had HIV were denied access to a hospital.

And in 2019, there were reports that patients were denied life-saving HIV treatment.

"Denying, delaying, and interrupting treatment for HIV for non-national prisoners is a flagrant violation of the right to health and potentially the right to life," Mr Page said.

In 2013, Brits Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh claimed that they were given electric shocks and had guns held to their heads during a seven-month stint in al-Awir prison.

In a statement released by Williams, he said that his testicles had been electrocuted while he was interrogated by police.

"They pulled down my trousers, spread my legs and started to electrocute my testicles," he wrote in the statement.

“It was unbelievably painful. I was so scared. I started to believe that I was going to die in that room.”

The mens' lawyers also said that the men were forced to sign documents in Arabic at gunpoint.

The Emirati police denied the allegations.

It comes after Billy shared his horrifying experience in another Dubai prison after he was jailed over CBD vape oil.

Billy, 24, was locked up in the Al-Barsha police detention centre after authorities discovered four bottles of CBD oil in his car.

Vaping CBD is legal in the UK but because it contains traces of THC – the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis – Billy was arrested and thrown in prison under the UAE’s medieval drug laws.

After his arrest on January 31, campaigners say Billy was forced to sign a false confession written in Arabic admitting to the more serious offences of selling and trafficking the oil.

Earlier this month, Billy was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

So far, Billy has spent nine months locked up in the hell-hole facility.

And speaking to his friend Alfie after his arrest in January, he described facing horrendous conditions at the notorious Al-Barsha jail.

Football agent Alfie Cain, said Billy was beaten daily for five days as officers from Dubai’s CID tried to force the young coach to confess to drug crimes.

“It's been bad in Al-Barsha, I'm not going to sugar coat it,” said Alfie, a former non-league footballer from London.

“When they took him to the CID drugs unit they beat him for an entire five days, he told me police officers tasered him, slapped him in the face and all they fed him was bread and little bit of water.

“He was basically tortured and put in a cell with 30 other people for five days.”

Billy's horrific experience of torture in a UAE prison has echoed previous prisoners' tales of horror.


Last month it was revealed that a British grandad allegedly suffered beatings after he was locked up over a "bounced cheque".

Albert Douglas, 60, was jailed earlier this year and has since been forced to drink toilet water and watch cellmates being tortured, supporters claim.

In September, the grandad had to be taken to hospital for surgery on his shoulder that had been dislocated for five months, advocacy group Detained in Dubai said.

And despite being in agony, he is too afraid to accept painkillers because it could mean being transferred to an even more brutal psychiatric facility.

Since being arrested eight months ago, Albert has reportedly been beaten by prison guards, denied his heart medication and forced to suffer inhumane conditions, including drinking from a toilet.

He has been repeatedly interrogated and threatened in an effort to make him confess to a crime he did not commit, campaigners say. 

According to Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organisation, Al-Barsha was named as one of three detention facilities across the country where prisoners live in poor conditions.

Their findings claimed family members said prisoners at Al-Barsha have been denied adequate medical care and that overcrowding and unsanitary conditions make hygiene practices very difficult especially during the pandemic.


When Zara-Jayne Moisey went to report a rape in 2016, she was locked up in the filthy Al-Barsha prison.

Zara, then 25, was thrown in jail after reporting she was raped by two British men — cousins Louis Harris and David Butlin.

Authorities said a video by one of the men proved the sex was consensual, and Zara faced a year in prison for extra-marital and booze offences.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun in 2016, Zara-Jayne recalled the horrific conditions she was forced to live in.

"It was the most frightening experience of my life, absolute torture, and all because I went to the police about what happened in the hotel room," she said.

"I will never forget the jail, it’s the worst place I have ever been.

“They kept the lights off in the day so we’d be eating in pitch blackness. Then they turned them on at night so no one could sleep.”


Brit Jamie Harron was accused of "public indecency" after he touched a man's hip in 2017.

Jamie claimed he was trying to avoid spilling his drink when he touched a Jordanian businessman on the hip in the crowded bar.

After being arrested, Jamie was held in Al Barsha prison, where he claims he was not allowed to wash himself or brush his teeth.

He said he was left in a “foul-smelling” cell with another eight nationalities sleeping on the floor with “one revolting mattress between them all”.

After three months of horrific conditions, Jamie's sentence was overturned on order from the Sheikh.

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