Matthew Hedges: British academic pardoned by UAE – BBC News

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A British academic who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates has been pardoned.
Matthew Hedges, 31, denied spying and said he had been researching his PhD.
His wife, Daniela Tejada, who appealed for clemency, said she was “elated” and “can’t wait to have him back home”.
The UAE issued the pardon as part of a series of orders on the country’s National Day anniversary. However, a spokesman said Mr Hedges was “100% a secret service operative”.
BBC Arabic special correspondent Feras Kilani said Mr Hedges had been freed and was due to fly back to London tonight.

But a spokeswoman for Ms Tejada said: “He has not been released.”

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