By Staff writer
74-year-old former oil executive caught transporting alcohol in his car faces punishment after one year in jail
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.
If you were living there why would you do something that stupid. If you can't respect the laws you need to understand the consequences. Hopefully the British government can come up with a compromise to withdraw the punishment. At the taxpayers expense no doubt.
The saudi government should consider the age of andree and stop mistreating the elderly
Considering his age, I feel sorry for Mr Andree, but sure he should also have been wiser at this age. I am sure he was aware of the Saudi law, and should have abide-d by that.
The British ambassador in most countries are not very helpful in general, as they go strictly by the book.
First, he is a retired 74 years man, what he was doing in that large labor camp called Saudi Arabia?
Secondly, he knew very well the harsh punishment in such cases, so why he did it?
I am surprised to notice the help from the British authorities to the Brits breaking laws around the world! This surely encouraged others to forget about the consequences when doing stupid things while travelling. Expats from UK here in Dubai are the worst in law breaking.
It would be a great shame to have this man face that punishment I am sure Saudi Arabia will spare him that fate and just carry out the deporting ....
Agree with you. The Brit Govt generally helps the Real Blue Blooded Brits only, ans sure at all Taxpayers expense.
@Bass - Thanks for your overtly inaccurate picture of British Expats here in Dubai, if you care to examine the stats you will find that Brits are NOT at the forefront of law breaking. @Mare - Sorry but I'm struggling to make sense of you're comment.
If you can't do the time, don't commit the crime.
You are trying to make monkey out of the local authorities by going down this path..... age just like ignorance is no excuse .
if he is really retired on what visa did he get into the country? what a mess.
I worked in Riyadh for 18 months & went to a couple of embassy parties. Alcoholic beverages flowed in abundance at these parties so it seems hypocritical that diplomats enjoy privileges that expats do not!