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British pensioner caught with homemade wine sentenced to 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia
October 13, 2015, 10:10 am

A 74-year-old Briton is facing 350 lashes after being caught with bottles of homemade wine in Saudi Arabia, where alcohol is banned.

Karl Andree, a retired oil executive and grandfather of seven, was arrested in Jeddah while transporting the wine in his car in August last year, and has already served a 12-month jail term.

Andree’s family have said that the sentence could kill the cancer survivor, who also suffers from asthma. His three children are petitioning UK Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene with the Saudi government, after attempts to resolve the situation with the British ambassador to Riyadh proved fruitless.

“There is no doubt in our minds that 350 lashes will kill him. He needs medical care for his cancer and asthma,” Andree’s son, David, told The Sun newspaper.

“We implore David Cameron to personally intervene and help get our father home. The Saudi government will only listen to him.

“Until his arrest, he has always been happy working there and felt safe.”

A Foreign Office spokesman told the BBC: "Our embassy staff are continuing to assist Mr Andree, including regular visits to check on his welfare, and frequent contact with his lawyer and family.

"Ministers and senior officials have raised Mr Andree's case with the Saudi government and we are actively seeking his release as soon as possible."

"Penalties for the possession of, or trade in alcohol are severe. Both result in prison sentences," the Foreign Office warns on its website.

Source: Arabian Business

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