A British air hostess locked up in a Dubai jail has been living off bread and water after being forced into a fake confession, her family claim.
Derrin Crawford was arrested last Thursday after police raided her date’s apartment and found two cannabis joints.
The 23-year-old from Liverpool and the man she had only met for the first time that night were both thrown in jail.
Derrin, who works as cabin crew for Emirates, was told she would be released if she passed a drug test but despite testing negative on Friday, she is still being detained.
Her family says she needs “urgent medical assistance” after developing septic tonsillitis over the weekend.
Liverpool Riverside MP Kim Johnson told the BBC Derrin’s family had been denied contact with her since Sunday.
Ms Johnson said: “They have not been allowed to take in toiletries and food.
“According to family members she is existing on water, bread and jam.”
A friend has told The Sun : “Derrin is in absolute pieces and all her family and friends are terrified about how she is doing.
“It is now nearly a week since anyone spoke to her. The last time we did she was sobbing saying they kept saying she should ‘admit it’.
“We don’t even think she’s been able to speak to a lawyer who speaks English. Everyone just wants her out of there – and home.”
Chief Executive of charity Detained in Dubai which supports Brits jailed in the UAE said the police are not letting Derrin communicate with anyone outside prison.
Radha Stirling said they are not allowing her to make phone calls.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Derrin’s sister Danielle, 28, said Derrin moved to Dubai in September 2018 after securing a dream job with Emirates.
She said her sister is innocent and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Danielle said: “When she was arrested the police took her phone, she managed to call me a few days later when she was being transferred to jail.
“At first I couldn’t understand what she was saying because she was just crying and crying
“She didn’t eat or sleep for days.
“She doesn’t drink or smoke and has a good job with Emirates, so it is a shame she has got caught up in all this.”
The Foreign Office has said they are supporting Derrin and have been in touch with the Emirati authorities.