The Durham University academic said he ''can't blame'' the friend who gave evidence against him in court.
Durham University student, Matthew Hedges, has returned to the UK after being jailed in the UAE on a spying charge.
Durham academic Matthew Hedges, who was last week jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on a spying charge, has been pardoned, an official in the UAE said.
It is being reported that the presidential pardon is part of the country's national day.
More information to follow.
Jeremy Hunt is leading efforts to apply diplomatic pressure on the UAE to release PhD student Matthew Hedges.