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26 Nov 2018

British academic convicted of spying pardoned by UAE

Correspondent

A British PhD student who was jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on spying charges has been released after being granted a pardon. The UAE insisted Matthew Hedges had admitted being a member of MI6. His wife said she was absolutely elated, while the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he’d never been shown any evidence that Mr Hedges had been a spy.