Wife of jailed Briton Matthew Hedges speaks to BBC – BBC News

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Daniela Tejada has spoken to the BBC after her husband, Durham University student Matthew Hedges, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for spying.

The 31-year-old denies spying but prosecutors said he had confessed.

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The wife of a British student jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates says the British government put UK interests above his right to freedom.

Daniela Tejada spoke to the BBC shortly after returning to the UK from Abu Dhabi where she saw Durham University’s Matthew Hedges sentenced to life.

The 31-year-old denies spying but prosecutors said he had confessed.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met the UAE ambassador in London earlier for “a very frank conversation”.

Theresa May said she was “deeply concerned” by the situation adding that it was “being raised at the highest level” in the UAE.

Hedges, who is originally from Exeter, said he had been in the country conducting research on the UAE’s security strategy for his PhD thesis when he was arrested at Dubai airport on 5 May.


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