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UAE charges British student Matthew Hedges with spying for a foreign country

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The United Arab Emirates has charged a British PhD student with spying in the Gulf country.

Matthew Hedges stands accused of "spying for a foreign country, jeopardizing the military, political and economic security of the state", UAE attorney general Hamad al-Shamsi said late Monday.

The 31-year-old was detained at Dubai airport on May 5. He and his family have denied the charges.

Britain's foreign office said it was supporting Hedges and his family and had been "in close contact with the local authorities", a spokesperson said.

(With AFP)