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diff UAE Release British Academic Charged With Espionage
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  PhD student returns home after pardon
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&nbsp Matthew Hedges has returned to the United Kingdom, the day after being granted a pardon from a lifetime prison sentence for espionage.
  The 31 year old, a postgraduate student at Durham University, has been released by the United Arab Emirates as part of a series of orders of the country's National Day anniversary. However, the Gulf nation maintains that Hedges was "100% a secret service operative," and have released a video with a purported confession from Mr. Hedges, while stating he was working for British intelligence.
  Hedges was arrested on May 5 and reportedly spent the first 5 months of his incarceration in solitary confinement, with family claiming he was interrogated without a lawyer and that consular access was unavailable during his first 6 weeks.
  A letter signed by 123 academics that called for his release claimed his mental and physical health deteriorated while incarcerated, and  stated "He was forced to sleep on the floor for the first four and a half months after his arrest, denied access to regular showers and prevented from receiving any reading material that might help allay his mental anguish."
  Mr. Hedges denied spying and maintains he was researching the Arab Spring on the UAE's foreign policy and security strategy when he was arrested.
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  Espionage, Politics, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
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  <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/26/matthew-hedges-jailed-british-academic-pardoned-by-uae">Matthew Hedges: pardoned British academic arrives back in UK</a> – The Guardian</p>
  <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/world/middleeast/matthew-hedges-pardoned-uae.html">Matthew Hedges, British Student Accused of Spying, Is Pardoned by U.A.E.</a> – NY Times</p>
  <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/world/middleeast/matthew-hedges-uae.html?module=inline">Matthew Hedges, British Student, Is Jailed for Life on Spying Charges in U.A.E</a> – NY Times</p>
  <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46341310">Matthew Hedges: British academic pardoned by UAE</a> – BBC</p>
  <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46288510">Briton Matthew Hedges jailed for life on UAE spy charge – BBC</a></p>
  <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-45941337">Matthew Hedges: Release UAE ‘spy’ accused, academics demand – BBC</a></p>

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