Briton Sentenced To Life For Spying Gets Pardon In UAE

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Updated November 26, 2018
 In this file photo taken on November 23, 2018, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed gratitude to the United Arab Emirates on November 26, 2018, for pardoning a British academic sentenced to life in prison on spying charges. HO / Daniela Tejada / AFP

The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned a British researcher who was sentenced last week to life in prison for spying, an official statement said.

Matthew Hedges was among more than 700 prisoners pardoned by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on the occasion of National Day.

“Mr. Hedges will be permitted to leave the UAE once formalities are completed,” the statement said.