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British academic Matthew Hedges pardoned by UAE

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British academic Matthew Hedges
The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned British academic Matthew Hedges, who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates, has been pardoned.

The UAE president issued a pardon as part of the country’s National Day, effective immediately, according to a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

The UAE at a press conference continued to insist Hedges was an MI6 agent, and showed video supposedly revealing him confessing he had been trying to discover military secrets, including the UAE’s weapons purchases.

The UAE said a “gracious clemency was granted on Sunday in response to a letter from the Hedges family bearing in mind the historic relationship between the UAE and the UK.

His wife, Daniela Tejada, welcomed the statement. “The family and I welcome the news of the presidential pardon and cannot wait to have Matt back home,” she told Reuters.

Last Modified: Monday، 26 November 2018 12:20 PM