A 74 year old British pensioner reportedly faces 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia after cops found wine in his car. Karl Andree, was reportedly arrested in Jeddah last August after bottles of booze were found in his vehicle.
The oil executive is being held in grim conditions in a prison by the Red Sea notorious for torture and overcrowding.
Sky News reports that his children are afraid the brutal sentence he has been given could kill him as his health has already been weakened by cancer, according to reports.
They have been frantically lobbying the British Foreign Office and Saudi authorities to secure the release of Mr Andree. His son Simon has reportedly called on David Cameron to “personally intervene and help get our father home. The Saudi Government will only listen to him.”
A Foreign Office spokesman told Sky News:
“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.”