A British academic who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates has been pardoned.
Matthew Hedges, 31, denied spying and said he had been researching his PhD.
His wife, Daniela Tejada, who appealed for clemency, said she was “elated” and “can’t wait to have him back home”.
The UAE issued the pardon as part of a series of orders on the country’s National Day anniversary. However, a spokesman said Mr Hedges was “100% a secret service operative”.
During a news conference, a video was shown of a purported confession from Mr Hedges, saying he was a member of MI6.
This accusation was rejected by Ms Tejada, who told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s taken me by surprise and I’m just so happy and so relieved and really incredulous that it is all happening finally. Read more