Third uni cuts UAE ties over stu­dent ‘spy’ caged for life

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY AMY SHARPE

A THIRD univer­sity has cut ties with the United Arab Emi­rates in protest af­ter Brit aca­demic Matthew Hedges was jailed for life on a spy­ing charge.

Ex­eter Univer­sity has joined Durham – where Mr Hedges was do­ing a

PhD in Mid­dle East­ern stud­ies

– and Birm­ing­ham, which has a cam­pus in Dubai.

Hopes for his re­lease have grown as the UAE con­sid­ers his fam­ily’s mercy plea. The Gulf state has a his­tory of is­su­ing par­dons ahead of its na­tional day on De­cem­ber 2.

Its UK am­bas­sador Su­laiman Al­mazroui has said: “We’re hope­ful that an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion can be reached.” Matthew’s wife Daniela Te­jada, 27, said: “He’s ter­ri­fied at hav­ing to spend his life be­hind bars for an of­fence he hasn’t com­mit­ted.” Matthew, 31, of Ex­eter, spent five months in soli­tary con­fine­ment af­ter his ar­rest.

‘TER­RI­FIED’Matthew Hedges

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