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After UAE pardons British academic calls to pardon Jordanian journalist

Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada [Family handout]
Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada [Family handout]

Jordanian activists have called on the Jordanian government to pressure the United Arab Emirates, UAE in order to pardon Jordanian journalist, Tayseer al-Najjar who is jailed in the UAE for criticising Egypt, Israel, and Gulf countries on Facebook.

The UAE pardoned on Monday Matthew Hedges, 31 a British academic as part of a series of orders on the country’s National Day anniversary. Hedges was accused of spying in the United Arab Emirates.

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The UK-based Arab Organization for Human Rights has previously said in a statement that al-Najjar detention in the UAE is a severe violation of human rights.

It called on the UAE authorities to cancel the verdict against al-Najjar and drop all criminal charges against him and release him and to open a serious investigation into his torture and medical negligence as well as ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable.

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