23 Nov 2018

UAE considering clemency for Briton convicted of spying

A British academic convicted of spying in the United Arab Emirates was thrown a lifeline today when the UAE’s London ambassador said the government was considering whether to grant him clemency. Matthew Hedges, who denies the charge, was given a life sentence on Wednesday. The ambassador defended the Emirates’ judicial system, saying Mr Hedges was convicted on “compelling evidence”. We talk to his wife Daniela Tejada.