Briton home, avoids lashing
LONDON, Nov 11, (AFP): A British man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for breaking antialcohol laws has returned to Britain, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after a diplomatic storm that threatened to dent UKSaudi relations.
The family of Karl Andree, 74, said he had
been told he faced 350 lashes after a year behind bars for being caught with homemade wine and appealed to the British government in a tabloid-led campaign.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond brought up the case during a visit to Riyadh last month and the Saudi authorities said he would be released.
“Karl Andree was released from prison hours after my visit to Riyadh on Oct 28,” Hammond said in a statement on Wednesday.
“I’m grateful to the Saudi Arabian government,” he said.
“It’s through the strength and breadth of the relationship between our nations that we have been able to overcome a difficult issue like this.”
Saudi Arabia’s legal code is based on Islamic sharia law.
Andree, a grandfather of seven who has survived cancer, had been living in Saudi Arabia for 25 years, working in the oil industry.