Durham University student Matthew Hedges jailed for life for spying in UAE

Durham University student Matthew Hedges jailed for life for \spying\ in UAE

Briton on UAE spy charge jailed for life

The 31-year-old PhD student was arrested at Dubai Airport on May 5 after visiting the United Arab Emirates to research his thesis

A British academic accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates has been sentenced to life in prison, a family spokeswoman has said.

Matthew Hedges, 31, was handed his sentence on Wednesday at his third court appearance since his arrest in Dubai Airport on May 5.

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.

Mr Hedge's had been released on bail at the end of October and was staying in Dubai with an ankle bracelet monitoring his movements.

He had previously been held in solitary confinement for almost six months, his family said. They had raised concerns that Mr Hedges would not be given a fair trial as he has had limited access to his lawyer.

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