A British researcher has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the charge of spying for the UK. The case has triggered a diplomatic row. The UK government has said it is shocked at the verdict and promised full support to the accused, Matthew Hedges.
Hedges, 31, of Durham University, and his family say he is innocent. Hedges said he had been merely conducting research, reports the BBC.
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The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, said the UK was urgently seeking talks with the Emirati government.
52urgently seeking a call with Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed.53
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68Matthew is innocent. The Foreign Office know this and have made it clear to the UAE authorities that Matthew is not a spy for them.69type70p71contents72type73text74contents757677type78p79contents80type81text82contents83She said the British government 84 and the UAE authorities 8586type87p88contents89type90text91contents92On behalf of the British government