Corporal Nick Moody, a 23-year old Nevada Army National Guardsman has been in an Abu Dhabi prison since the end of September. He and his family are still waiting for any word about his return.
Lorina Moody says she had no idea what happened until a call the next morning.
“I got a call from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi,” she said. “They assured me my son was fine, but that he’d been arrested.”
Arrested for what the United Arab Emirates called unauthorized contraband, a front grip and cleaning kit for a firearm, along with some other items he needed for his job as an armed guard for a private security contractor in Iraq. All items that are part of a firearm, but couldn’t create a weapon by themselves. Even so, it was enough for Corporal Moody to end up behind bars.
It wasn’t until 8 days after his arrest, Lorina finally heard from her son.
“The first things out of his mouth was, ‘could you please take these notes down,” she said. “‘I want to tell you exactly what I had in my possession.'”
Since then, she’s talked to him for just eight or nine minutes every two weeks, always assured he’s safe and healthy, but never for sure just where his case is headed.
“My son has been sitting in a prison cell for over six weeks,” Lorina said. “There’s nothing I can do besides wait until he’s sentenced in another foreign country, that’s just not enough.”
The only hope she has is his sentencing is set for November 29th, exactly two months after he was first arrested.
Even that is reason for worry because the family can’t even find out what kind of sentencing he could face.
“I don’t know if he’s going to get to come home soon,” Lorina said. “I don’t know if I’m going to have to give up his apartment. I don’t know if I’m going to have to sell his possessions. I don’t know if I’m going to have to fly to United Arab Emirates. There are so many things I don’t have answers to, and I’m trying to get through it. I’m trying very hard to bring my son home.”
The attorney she hired there says, unless national attention is given to her son’s arrest, it’s likely things won’t change. So, Moody and her family have been trying every avenue like contacting the U.S. Embassy, local congressmen and other organizations for the last two months, but it’s something simply out of their realm, saying there’s limitations of what they could do.
So, now she’s going public, asking everyone to do what they can.