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Matthew Hedges: British academic freed from UAE concerned for detained UK football fan

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Feb 11, 2019 12:13 PM 2+ mon ago

Academic freed from UAE worried for detained football fan

Matthew Hedges told Sky News he is concerned the UAE will make Mr Ahmad make a false confession

Image: Matthew Hedges told Sky News he is concerned the UAE will force Mr Ahmad make a false confession

A British academic who endured solitary confinement in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has told Sky News he is concerned about a British football fan detained in the Gulf State.

Matthew Hedges was speaking out more than two and a half weeks after Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, was arrested while on holiday in the country from his home in Wolverhampton.

The dual British-Sudanese national may have appeared in court today, but it was not possible to get immediate confirmation from the UAE authorities.

"I am [concerned] because it shows there is a manipulation of the law to suit political means, to make the point ...

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