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Britain ‘optimistic’ about case of academic jailed in UAE

British academic Matthew Hedges, who has been jailed for spying in the UAE, is seen in this undated photo su..

By admin , in England , at November 25, 2018

British academic Matthew Hedges, who has been jailed for spying in the UAE, is seen in this undated photo supplied by his wife Daniela Tejada. Photo supplied on November 23, 2018. Daniele Tajada/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday he was optimistic that progress could be made in the case of Matthew Hedges, a British academic jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on spying charges on Wednesday.

“I am more optimistic as we sit here now that we can find a way through this,” he told the BBCs Andrew Marr show. “The UAE is a very longstanding friend of the UK and Ive had very good conversations with their foreign minister; I am going to speak to him again this afternoon.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Mark Potter

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