This file handout photo released by the family of British student Matthew Hedges via the Detained in Dubai organisation on October 11, 2018 shows him (R) and his wife Daniela Tejada (L) posing in an undisclosed location.
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A UAE court sentenced a British academic to life in prison on charges of spying for the British government Wednesday, in a move Britain said would have serious diplomatic consequences for relations between the old allies.The prosecutor's statement did not specify the charges. Hedges, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Durham University, has been held in the UAE since May 5, when he was arrested at Dubai International Airport after a two-week research visit.A life sentence for a non-Emirati entails a maximum of 25 years in jail and is followed by deportation, according to The National.The court ruled that his devices and research would be confiscated, the newspaper reported, adding that Hedges could appeal the ruling within 30 days.Hedges was released on bail in late October, but had been held in solitary confinement for five months before that, his family said.
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