A British grandfather who was sentenced to a flogging for breaking Saudi Arabia’s strict anti-alcohol laws has been reunited with his family in the UK.
Karl Andree, 74, was threatened with 350 lashes after he was caught with home-made wine in Jeddah.
He was put on a plane to Britain on Tuesday night after being freed from a Saudi prison, where he had been locked up since August last year.
The grandfather-of-seven is now back home after an emotional reunion with his family.
Mr Andree’s children launched a campaign for his release on compassionate grounds because his wife Verity is dying of Alzheimer’s and is in Britain receiving care.
He had lived in the Middle East for the last 25 years, having worked in the oil industry.
More than 230,000 people signed an online petition calling for the Prime Minister to intervene to stop Mr Andree – who has battled cancer and suffers from asthma – from facing the lashings.
Three of his grandchildren, Lucy, 12, Celia, 10, and Edward, nine, also appealed to David Cameron in a video message, in which they said their grandfather was a “really old man” and “no human deserves to be treated like this”.