“Spying” British academic pardoned by UAE

Nov 26, 2018, 4:46 AM EST
British academic Matthew Hedges was allegedly made to sign a confession in Arabic.
(Source: https://edition.cnn.com)

British academic Matthew Hedges, who was handed life sentence on spying charges, was pardoned by the United Arab Emirates on Monday and could leave the country “once formalities are completed.”

Hedges, arrested at Dubai International Airport in May during his two-week research visit to the UAE, was made to sign a confession in Arabic and was interrogated without a lawyer, his family alleged previously, writes the BBC.

Britain’s foreign minister thanked the UAE government for resolving the issue speedily, adding that the U.K. didn’t agree with the charges slapped on Hedges, notes Reuters. Last week, Emirati authorities had signaled of reaching an “amicable solution” amid mounting international pressure to release Hedges.