Bri­ton ‘to be re­leased from Saudi pri­son’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Bri­tish man who was im­pris­oned for pos­sess­ing al­co­hol in Saudi Ara­bia will be re­leased within a week, For­eign Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond has said.

Karl An­dree, 74, was ar­rested by Saudi reli­gious po­lice af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of home­made wine.

He has been in pri­son for more than a year and his fam­ily feared he would also be flogged, al­though Saudi of­fi­cials de­nied this would hap­pen.

Mr Ham­mond tweeted of his “de­light” that Mr An­dree was get­ting re­leased. The full tweet said: “De­lighted to an­nounce Brit Karl An­dree will be re­leased from Saudi cus­tody within a week & re­united with his fam­ily.”

An­dree, who has lived in the coun­try for sev­eral years, has been in pri­son since his ar­rest in Jed­dah in Au­gust last year.

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