UAE Refers British Man to Trial on Espionage Charges

UAE Refers British Man to Trial on Espionage Charges

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 - 09:15
Mathew Hedges and his wife. | AFP
Abu Dhabi- Asharq Al-Awsat
Mathew Hedges, a British citizen, has been referred to Abu Dhabi’s Court of Appeal on charges of espionage, UAE Attorney General Dr. Hamad al-Shamsi said in a statement on Monday.

He said this act jeopardizes UAE’s military, economic and political security.

He was found guilty of seeking and communicating classified information in the UAE to a foreign country. The charges were filed after the Public Prosecution conducted a thorough investigation.

Shamsi stressed that Hedges appeared in court along with British embassy and consulate officials, a lawyer and an accredited legal translator, and his case is followed by the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

He said Hedges had been posing as a researcher to cover his activities and said the accusations were backed by "information taken from his electronic devices".

The Attorney General affirmed that the UAE has provided the accused with a lawyer to defend him during his trial and at the expense of the state after he failed to appoint one.

This is a constitutional guarantee of the convict’s right to a fair, impartial, and transparent trial in accordance with the UAE Constitution and laws.

The accused is being well-treated and his family members and British Embassy staff were permitted to visit and communicate with him several times, Shamsi confirmed.

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