Official podcast of Detained in Dubai, with Radha Stirling
FCDO failure in Albert Douglas case
Grandfather Albert Douglas has been held as an economic hostage in Dubai. He has been beaten, tortured and denied his medication, but the FCDO says “torture in itself is not grounds for a clemency application”.
Wolfgang Douglas discusses the latest case details with Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai.
Radha Stirling talks to the families of Billy Hood and Albert Douglas
Gulf in Justice host and Detained in Dubai CEO, Radha Stirling, updates us on the cases of Billy Hood and Albert Douglas, featuring Colin Brazier's coverage, the demonstration in front of Dubai's largest luxury property show and the direct testimony of torture victim, Albert Douglas.
Billy Hood was detained over CBD oil left in his car by a visiting friend, while Albert Douglas has been detained over bounced cheques he did not write. Stirling talks to the respective family members of both victims of injustice and the recent Parliamentary debate on the Foreign Office (FCDO) and their service to British citizens.
BBC 5 Live - Billy Hood Appeal with Radha Stirling and Breda Guckion - Detained in Dubai over CBD
1 December 2021: ITV Report: A British football coach handed a 25-year sentence in a Dubai prison after being found with four bottles of CBD vape oil has had his sentenced reduced to 10 years on appeal. Billy Hood, 25, from Kensington, London, was arrested shortly after moving to the county in January this year after being found with four small bottles of CBD vape oil in his car. The liquid - which is legal in the UK - contains trace elements of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, which is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai authorities took a signed confession from the football coach, but the 24-year-old said he was coerced into agreeing to the document - which was also written in Arabic, a language he cannot speak, read or write. As a result, Mr Hood was charged with trafficking the oil and given a far harsher punishment than expected. But, earlier this week, his case was brought in front of an Abu Dhabi appeal court, which recognised that he had "unintentionally possessed" the drugs but had no intent to supply them. His term was subsequently reduced by 15 years. On Wednesday, his mother said the sentence reduction "is not really welcomed" because her son "has done nothing wrong". "We thought yesterday that we were going to find out that Billy was going to be able to come home," she told BBC Breakfast. "He has been told that the charges have been dropped against him and yet he is still there for another 10 years. It is heart-breaking, absolutely heart-breaking." Family of Londoner jailed in Dubai face six week wait for vape oil appeal Campaigners have welcomed the reduction but claim that it is still far too high, as they say there was no evidence of trafficking or selling. Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, a group which is lobbying for Mr Hood's release, said: "The UAE has just claimed they will eliminate prison sentences for foreigners found to be in possession of THC products, opting for deportation instead but this law does not come into effect until January 2022 and may not apply retroactively." In October, while speaking to ITV News, Mr Hood's mother, Breda Guckion, and uncle, David, received a call from him, as he described the poor conditions in his prison and said he still doesn’t have a mattress after a week inside. “The conditions here are shocking, I still haven’t got a mattress after seven days of being moved in... I’ve got literally 15 or 20 seconds, it’s going to cut out,” he said. “We all love you and we’re never giving up on you, never, ever,” Ms Guckion said to him. “We’re all being punished, every single day, we’re doing life with him. The only thing is he’s in hell and we’re not,” she added.
BBC Breakfast Show: Billy Hood Appeal with Radha Stirling, mother Breda and brother Alex
A football coach who was jailed in Dubai after four bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil were found in his car has had his sentence reduced. Billy Hood, 24, claims he was forced to sign a confession written in Arabic despite not speaking the language. He was originally jailed for 25 years but had his sentence reduced to 10 years at an Abu Dhabi court on Tuesday, campaign group Detained in Dubai said.
Detained in Dubai chief executive Radha Stirling said Mr Hood was "forced to confess to federal crimes with promises of his imminent release". "He was given both a carrot and a stick, so some prosecutor could get his dues. It's all too familiar a story," she said. "Dubai's overzealous prosecution has ruined this young man's life and put him and his family through hell."
Detained in Dubai chief executive Radha Stirling said Mr Hood was "forced to confess to federal crimes with promises of his imminent release". "He was given both a carrot and a stick, so some prosecutor could get his dues. It's all too familiar a story," she said. "Dubai's overzealous prosecution has ruined this young man's life and put him and his family through hell." The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was "giving consular support to a British man who has been imprisoned in the UAE".
Detained in Dubai: The Scammer’s Gold Mine - Romance Scams - Social Catfish Podcast with Radha Stirling
Detained in Dubai: The Scammer’s Gold Mine — Romance Scams— Socialcatfish.com The first contact was Radha Stirling, a lawyer based out of London. She specializes in getting westerners out of prison in Dubai when they are wrongfully detained. Her position has put her on the front lines in the war against these scams. Radha regularly sees people losing millions of dollars from these exact types of situations. She gave us insights into Yvette’s case as well as informed us about how stopping this billion-dollar international scam industry is going on her end. Dealing with a potentially corrupt system that is facilitating these scams isn’t helping her help these victims, but that hasn’t stopped her from pushing on. As we were conducting the interview, the situation intensified. Yvette was distraught. Every day, Charles was texting her from his dark and cold jail cell. Alone, hungry, and contemplating suicide. Yvette was on the verge of sending him $75,000. Our search specialist was able to talk her out of it just long enough for us to gather enough information to close this case. Radha let us know that Charles could not possibly be sitting in a jail in Dubai. There could be no case number found at the US embassy, and none of the legal aspects of his story made any sense. Although Dubai’s legal system was not squeaky clean, it certainly was not holding a US special forces soldier hostage and texting his terrified significant other for Ransom. #DetainedinDubai #RomanceScams #catfish #dubai #UAE
Albert Can You Hear Us? - Song written for Albert Douglas by State of Flo
State of Flo produced a song dedicated to the #FreeAlbert campaign. Albert has been locked up in Dubai for more than nine months. He was beaten in Al Ain prison by guards and is now scheduled for multiple surgeries in Dubai to mend his broken bones. His family have called on Sheikh Mohammed, the Dubai ruler, to allow him to return home to the UK to undergo medical treatment.
Albert was arrested for bounced cheques but forensics have since proved they were not his. He has also been cleared of parallel civil cases, essentially exonerating him from the original criminal cases.
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