>> We are hopeful that an amicable solution can be reached.>> A ray of hope for a British academic jailed in the United Arab Emirates on spying charges this week. The UAE ambassador to Britain said on Friday that Matthew Hedges' case was an unusual one. But denied that he'd been wrongly jailed after a five-minute trial as his family said.
>> Many researchers visit the UAE freely every year without breaking our laws. Under UAE law, everyone has the right to appeal after conviction. And everyone can request a pardon from our president. Mr. Hedges' family have made a request for clemency and the government is studying that request.>> Hedges' case has angered Britain, an old ally.
>> We are raising it with the Emirate authorities at the highest level.>> Hedges was reportedly studying the UAE's security strategy for his PhD thesis, when he was arrested at Dubai Airport in May, following a two-week research visit. His wife on Thursday met UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, who says this case could hurt relations.
>> He is an innocent victim in all of this. We really appreciate all the positive support that has been show to Matt, and you cannot imagine what he's been through. Seeing him shaking in court after being handed a life sentence and then being made to leave was beyond heartbreaking.
We didn't even get to say goodbye.>> Hedges' family say he was held in solitary with little access to his court appointed lawyer. And that he was made to sign a confession in Arabic that he did not understand, which the Gulf state denied