Emirati authorities decided to release Matthew Hedges, whom it recently sentenced to life in prison for espionage, after investigations revealed that he is actually a foreign citizen with value and human rights.
The spokesperson for the Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that the decision to release Matthew was not taken on the sole basis of his British citizenship. It would have done the same for any French, US, German, or Dutch citizen – any non-arab, really – because of its forgiving nature.
The Ministry is now allowing the British government to find an appropriate punishment for Matthew’s incompetent and poorly executed spying.
The spokesperson remarked that although Matthew’s brief stay in prison enabled him to form a more detailed picture of the Emirati security system, it remains incomplete without spending at least some time in the dungeons and journalist dormitories. This shortcoming notwithstanding, his sentence is nevertheless likely to benefit his doctoral research concerning the security strategy of the United Arab Emirates.