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British student accused of spying in the UAE gets life in prison in Abu Dhabi

A British student accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates has been jailed for life by a court in Abu D..

By admin , in England , at November 21, 2018

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A British student accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates has been jailed for life by a court in Abu Dhabi, family spokeswoman Nikita Bernardi said.

Matthew Hedges, 31, who was in the Middle East to research his PhD thesis was arrested at Dubai Airport on 5 May and accused of spying for the British Government.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Middle East minister Alistair Burt have both travelled to the UAE since Mr Hedges was detained to make representations on his behalf.

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Matthew Hedges has been jailed for life according to sources

An undated handout photo made available by Daniela Tejada showing Durham University PhD student Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada in London, Britain. Media reports on 30 October 2018 state that the United Arab Emirates government has released Matthew Hedges on bail. The UAE has charged Matthew Hedges with spying for the British government in the UAE. Matthew was detained on 05 May 2018 at Dubai Airport as he was leaving the country. Reports state that he would go on trial for spying and would appear in court in the week begining 22 October. Matthew Hedges denies all charges against him. EPA/DANIELA TEJADA / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES epa07130464 (FILE) -

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Middle East minister Alistair Burt have both travelled to the UAE to support the student (Picture: EPA)

Ahead of the court appearance, Mrs Bernardi said they did not know what to expect from the court appearance.

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She said: We have no indication as to what way it will go. Were trying to stay hopeful but we dont want to raise our hopes too much.

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Mr Hedges, a specialist in Middle Eastern studies at Durham University, went to the UAE to research his PhD thesis, where he was accused of spying for the British Government and arrested.

Wednesday was his third court appearance.

Undated family handout photo of Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada. The British academic accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates will appear in court in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 21, 2018. It will be the third court appearance for Matthew Hedges, 31, since his arrest in Dubai Airport on May 5. See PA story TRAVEL UAE. Photo credit should read: Daniela Tejada/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada (Picture: PA)

At Mr Hedges last hearing on 24 October, his court-appointed lawyer maintained that he is innocent.

On 29 October, Mr Hedges was released from detention and he has since been staying in Dubai with an ankle bracelet monitoring his movements.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has previously said there are limits to what it can say publicly about the case because of the legal proceedings.

It said it was monitoring developments closely and staff were in close contact with Mr Hedges wife Daniela, offering her support.

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