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British ‘spy’ Matthew Hedges pardoned by UAE

by LLB Reporter
26th Nov 18 9:36 am

The United Arab Emirates has today pardoned Matthew Hedges, the British academic jailed for life on spying charges, just minutes after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to being a member of UK intelligence agency MI6.

The UAE president issued the pardon as part of a mass clemency of more than 700 prisoners to mark the country’s National Day, according to a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

Britain’s foreign minister welcomed the move, saying the UK government had not agreed with the charges against Hedges but was grateful to the UAE for resolving the issue speedily.

Hedges has been held since May 5, when he was arrested at Dubai International Airport after a two-week research visit. His wife tweeted this morning:

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