Matt Hedges says UAE officials asked him to spy on the UK

Matt Hedges says UAE officials asked him to spy on the UK

A British academic jailed for spying by the United Arab Emirates has claimed his custody of "steal information" from the UK Foreign Office.

Matthew Hedges' case became a major stumbling block in the UK's close alliance with the UAE, which strikes from tourism to student exchanges.

He was sentenced to life in prison last month, but then granted a presidential pardon, after Britain warned of diplomatic "repercussions".

In an interview with the Times newspaper, Mr. Hedges said that he had a "panic attacks".

"I started having a panic attack, I was like 'How I'm supposed to get this information?'" He told the newspaper.