>> Under duress, under threats of torture, and psychological pressure, there was no other option but to confess.>> Mathew Hedges, the British doctoral student who was kept in solitary confinement in the UAE for more than five months on espionage charges, is speaking publicly again about his ordeal. He told Reuters that he was never a spy, maintains that his video confession was forced, and that it may have been heavily edited.
>> I was self inducing vomiting three times a day. And when the suicidal thoughts happened and the thoughts of self harm, that's when they moved me to hospital because even the intelligence officers understand that it had gotten out of hand. Nothing made sense, I was thinking what's going on?
>> In a shock verdict, Hedges was sentenced to life in November.>> It was like being punched,
I wasn't expecting at all.>> The UAE maintains that Hedges was a spy for the British government researching Emirati arms deals. A UAE government spokesman called him a part time academic, part time businessman, and full time spy. The spokesman also denied Hedge's claim that Emirati authorities tried to turn him into their own spy against the UK.
Evidence presented against Hedges has consisted of notes from his doctoral dissertation. The confession tape, seen by Reuters, was inaudible at times with subtitles that couldn't be verified.>> When eventually I could have could have regular phone calls with my wife, I would have to hound, I would have to do everything possible to be able to have that phone call because that was the only grasp of humanity I still had.
>> Hedges was reunited with his wife in November after being pardoned by the UAE authorities.