Caabu is shocked and appalled by the sentencing of Matthew Hedges to life imprisonment in the UAE. He was sentenced after a five minute trial and with no lawyer present.
Commenting on this Caabu Director, Chris Doyle stated: “The United Kingdom has long term and deep relations with the UAE, which everyone would love to see continue. However, this was a grotesque mistrial and the treatment of Matthew Hedges should not be the behaviour Britain expects of an ally. The UAE should release Matthew at once or face serious consequences. It should not be business as usual.”
The British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons she was "deeply disappointed and concerned" at the UAE sentencing for life British citizen Matthew Hedges on the charge of spying for the United Kingdom. In response to former Caabu Chair, Crispin Blunt MP, the Prime Minister stated that the Foreign Secretary was attempting to speak his Emirati counterpart.