November 27, 2018 / 6:43 AM / 20 days ago

British academic arrives in London from UAE after pardon for spy conviction

DUBAI (Reuters) - A flight carrying British academic Matthew Hedges landed at London Heathrow airport on Tuesday morning, a day after he was pardoned in the United Arab Emirates from a life sentence for spying, a Reuters photographer said.

The UAE pardoned Matthew Hedges on Monday after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to being a member of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency. Britain has denied he was a spy and welcomed his pardon.

Reporting by Ahmed Jadallah in London, writing by Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, editing by Nick Macfie

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