UK Student Accused Of Spying In UAE Released On Bail - Reports

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 30th October, 2018) Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University, accused of spying by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been released on bail, media reported.

Media reports emerged earlier this month that Hedges, 31, was arrested at Dubai airport in May as he tried to leave the country after a study trip. The student reportedly came to the UAE to gather information for his research on the UAE security policy following the Arab Spring. On October 15, the UAE attorney general confirmed Hedges had been charged of espionage on behalf of a foreign state.

According to the BBC, Hedges has been told to stay in the UAE until the next court hearing on November 21 and has to wear an ankle bracelet.

The student has not had his passport returned and has been warned that he may have to return to prison if ordered, the broadcaster reported.

Since his detention, Hedges reportedly had two visits from UK Foreign Office officials and one visit from his wife Daniela Tejada, with whom he also had a telephone call. The student has denied spying accusations.