Flogging Case Strains UK-Saudi Relations
The case of a 74-year-old British man sentenced to 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia for having wine comes at a strained time for Saudi-UK relations.By Eugene Daniels | October 13, 2015
A British family is asking Prime Minister David Cameron to save their 74-year-old father from a public flogging in Saudi Arabia.
Karl Andree – who has already been in jail since August 2014 – is facing 350 lashes for the crime of possessing alcohol, specifically homemade wine. His family told the BBC they're concerned Andree won't survive the punishment.
"He's had cancer three times, suffers from severe asthma and gout. The shock of the sentence and it being carried out in public, he could potentially have a heart attack," his son, Simon, told 5 News.