UK pulls out of £5.9m Saudi jail deal
The UK government has withdrawn from a controversial £5.9m prisons deal with Saudi Arabia, Downing Street has said.
The PM’s official spokeswoman said it reflected the government’s decision to focus on domestic priorities.
The deal was to provide a “training needs analysis” for Saudi prison service staff.
No 10 stressed pulling out of the deal was unconnected to the case of expat Karl Andree, jailed in Saudi Arabia after being caught with homemade wine.
It was thought 74-year-old Mr Andree, who has been in jail for more than a year, was facing 360 lashes but the BBC now understands a flogging was never on the cards.
Despite withdrawing from the prison deal, Justice Secretary Michael Gove insisted Britain would maintain its relationship with the country. Photos of female cabin crew lying in the overhead luggage compartments on board a Chinese airline have gone viral on social media.
The images, which were uploaded on the popular chat app WeChat, have been called bullying by netizens.
The post said cabin crew were “forced into lockers by security staff upon completing 30 to 50 hours of service” as part of an “industry ritual”.
Kunming Airlines has issued a statement saying it was investigating the matter.
The company said the incident occurred after the crew had completed their duties and that the safety of the flight was not affected.
The airline added that it had never received complaints from its cabin crew.
“The company attaches high importance to this incident and will prevent such things from happening again,” the statement said.
Kunming Airlines released a statement saying the incident was carried out “without its knowledge”