British pupil Matthew Hedges has been sentenced to life in jail within the United Arab Emirates for spying, in accordance with Reuters.

Mr Hedges, 31, a Durham College PhD pupil, had been detained as he was leaving Dubai Airport on 5 Might.

Authorities mentioned his analysis within the nation for his thesis on safety insurance policies after the Arab Spring was a “cowl” for finishing up surveillance for the UK authorities.

There had been hopes that he can be granted freedom after he was launched on bail on the finish of final month.

The UAE’s federal court docket of attraction had postponed listening to his case till Wednesday to re-examine its proof, with Mr Hedges allowed out of jail with out his passport till the listening to date.

Two Reuters sources and an AFP household supply mentioned Mr Hedges had been jailed for all times.

A household spokesperson informed AFP: “We are able to affirm that he was sentenced to life in jail. The listening to lasted lower than 5 minutes, and his lawyer was not current.”

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