View of Burj Khalifa the tallest building from the Business Bay area in Dubai, UAE July 8, 2018. Picture taken July 8, 2018. REUTERS/Satish Kumar/File Photo
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A British academic is being held in solitary confinement without charge in the United Arab Emirates, five months after he was arrested while in the country conducting field research for his thesis, his wife said Thursday.The UAE government media office did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said British officials were supporting a British man following his detention in the UAE, without identifying the man or offering details on the case.Hedges appeared at a court in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, after a first hearing last week, but was not informed of any charges against him, said Tejada. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said British officials were in touch with UAE authorities.
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