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UAE shows purported confession video of jailed UK academic

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UAE shows purported confession video of jailed UK academic

UAE shows purported confession video of jailed UK academic
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DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday showed a purported confession video of a British academic jailed for life on spying charges as evidence against him, despite his family's appeal for clemency and a strong diplomatic push by the UK.

Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Durham University, was sentenced last week in a move described as deeply disappointing by Prime Minister Theresa May. He was arrested on May 5 after a two-week research visit.

(Reporting by Stanley Carvalho)

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