UAE captors 'tortured' British convict to turn against UK

Updated: Dec 06, 2018, 11:55 IST | Agencies

Matthew Hedges, a university researcher, was sentenced to life in prison on November 21 before being pardoned

Matthew Hedges. Pic/AFP
Matthew Hedges. Pic/AFP

A British man convicted in the United Arab Emirates for spying said on Wednesday that his captors asked him to turn double agent against the UK government.

Matthew Hedges, a university researcher, was sentenced to life in prison on November 21 before being pardoned. In his first broadcast interview since returning, Hedges was asked on BBC radio whether he had been tortured and replied: "Psychologically, correct, yes." Hedges described being put in ankle cuffs whenever he left his cell to go to the bathroom.

When his interrogators increased the psychological pressure, he confessed to being an MI6 agent. "At that point, I had no other option," he said. he was treated fairly.

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