ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati officials have shown a video to reporters of a British national convicted for spying, saying he is a captain in MI-6.
At a news conference on Monday in Abu Dhabi, Emirati officials showed the video of Mathew Hedges, a 31-year-old doctorate student in Middle Eastern studies at Durham University.
The video, which Emirati officials did not allow journalists to record, shows Hedges describing himself as a captain in MI-6 during what appears to be a court hearing in the Gulf Arab country.
Another clip appears to show Hedges speaking to someone in an office and saying: “It helps the research to go in in an easy way.”
Then, Hedges is seen snapping his fingers and adds: “Then it becomes MI-6.”
Emirati authorities showed the video after coming under increasing international pressure over Hedges’ life sentence, handed down last week.