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UAE pardons British academic sentenced to life for spying - WAM

UAE pardons British academic sentenced to life for spying - WAM
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 -
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DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned a British academic jailed for life on spying charges, granting his family’s request for clemency minutes after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to being a member of Britain’s intelligence agency MI6.

The UAE president issued a pardon as part of the country’s National Day, effective immediately, according to a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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