UAE Pardons British Researcher Jailed For Spying

UAE Pardons British Researcher Jailed For Spying

WilliamBarnes 2 months ago

A British academic who was jailed on the charge of spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been released after his wife and the U.K. government campaigned for his clemency.

The man, Matthew Hedges, 31, denied spying and said he had been merely researching his Ph.D.

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Tejada said Hedges was forced to sign a confession in Arabic, a language Hedges does not read nor speak.

Hedges is a specialist in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Durham. He was arrested on May 5 at Dubai airport, after a research trip. He went on to spend almost six months in jail. The Emiratis insist that Hedges was a spy recruited by British intelligence because of his network of sources inside the country. The UAE charged that Hedges used his academic work as a excuse to enter the country for espionage, a claim British authorities have denied.

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