Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine has welcomed news that Matthew Hedges, who was given a life sentence in the UAE for spying, has received a presidential pardon.

Following this morning’s announcement Ms Jardine said: “It is a great relief to see that Matthew will be returning to his family in the UK.

"However, this should never have happened in the first place and the Conservative Government must be absolutely clear that we will not tolerate the abuse either of human rights or of the rule of law.

"It is vital the UK Government continues its efforts to secure the release of all those unjustly detained abroad".

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