BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – A British academic has been sentenced by a court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to life in prison for ‘spying’, the Independent reported this afternoon.

Speaking to the family of Matthew Hedges, 31, the Independent reported that the UAE authorities arrested the British academic as he was preparing to fly out of the Dubai International Airport last May.

UAE attorney general Hamad al-Shamsi said his client was charged for “spying for a foreign country, jeopardizing the military, political and economic security of the state.”

While Hedges was charged for espionage by the UAE authorities, it is not clear who the Gulf nation was accusing him of spying for.

Prior to his arrest, Hedges was studying the Arab Spring and its affect on the the UAE’s foreign policy.

Great Britain is currently working with the United Arab Emirates to secure his freedom.

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Hold on a moment. I am a Brit and at first I was fuming with anger calling the UAE every terse and swear word I could think of, until I cane to this part of the write up in 1 UK MSM….

“After studying at Exeter, where he gained not only a future wife but also an MA in international relations – his thesis was on the UAE’s military spending post 9/11 – he returned to Dubai to work as a researcher for a think-tank called INEGMA”.

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Strange company I would add…. “Since our founding in 2001, we have built a reputation for supporting the flow of specialist insight, knowledge, and information into the region from the outside, and from within the region to partners as far as Washington D.C. and Tokyo. Our deepening reach among senior officials and decision-makers inside the Middle East has allowed us to grow in capacity and presence, delivering bespoke advisory services across a spectrum of specialist areas. We advise clients in government and industry on political and security risks, security policy and capability development, and strategic communication. We also offer bespoke… Read more »

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We need to know who funds it.

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@You can call me AL, I am no Brit and still fuming.

Wrong procedure and perversion of the course of justice.

Quote Independent: “Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old student at Durham University who went to the country to research his PhD thesis, was handed the sentence at an Abu Dhabi court in a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, and with no lawyer present. ”

BTW. Good bless Brexit. The US submarine left the EU:

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INEGMA is a strategy and security consultancy, research house, headquartered in Dubai and with an office in Beirut. We bring together the reach of a strong international network with specialist expertise and proven competence across a spectrum of advisory areas including political security, risk mitigation, strategic communication, energy security, economic partnerships and defense trade and cooperation. More About Us Since our founding in 2001, we have built a reputation for supporting the flow of specialist insight, knowledge, and information into the region from the outside, and from within the region to partners as far as Washington D.C. and Tokyo. Our… Read more »

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Matthew Hedges was charged of spying for the UK while he was working on the “Arab Spring” for INEGMA a Dubai based think tank.
IMHO a politically motivated case. He found wrong things.

p.s. There is no freedom of speech and though in most Muslim countries and he knew that before & when he went to work in and for Dubai.