Brit, 74, faces 350 lashes
EXCLUSIVE: Grandad punished over booze
Karl Andree, who has had cancer three times and is asthmatic, has been in jail more than a year.
His family in South London are now begging David Cameron to intervene personally to prevent the savage beating.
“He needs medical care for his cancer and asthma.
“We implore David Cameron to personally intervene and help get our father home. The Saudi government will only listen to him.”
Kirsten, 45, Simon, 33, and brother Hugh, 46, are also begging for mercy on compassionate grounds — asking for Karl to be allowed home because wife Verity is dying of Alzheimer’s.
Karl, who has seven grandchildren, was arrested in Jeddah on August 25 last year after bottles of home-made wine were found in his car boot.
He has served the jail term in one of the Islamic kingdom’s notoriously harsh prisons. But he is still locked up two months on as Saudi officials decide when to carry out the second part of the punishment.
Karl has lived in Saudi Arabia for the past 25 years, developing and managing locally-owned oil companies. Verity was with him until her worsening Alzheimer’s forced her return to Britain for full-time care.
Simon, of Clapham, South London, said: “Our father has given 25 years of his working life to Saudi Arabia and this is how he is treated.
“Until his arrest, he has been happy working there and felt safe.
“He is 74 years of age, has had cancer three times and his wife is dying in a home in the UK.”
The Andree family met Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood last month to discuss their father’s plight.
He promised to order Britain’s ambassador in Riyadh to take the case up with the Saudi government.
It added: “Embassy staff are continuing to assist Mr Andree, including regular visits to check on his welfare, and frequent contact with his lawyer and family. We are actively seeking his release as soon as possible.”
Trade deals that bind ally
More than 200 joint ventures between British and Saudi companies are worth £13billion.
British defence firm BAE last year signed a deal to supply the Saudi air force with 72 Typhoon jets for £4.4billion.
Currently, 30,000 British people live and work in Saudi Arabia, ruled by King Salman.
But the close relationship has led to accusations that UK ministers turn a blind eye to the kingdom’s appalling human rights record.
Justice Saudi style
Saudi law calls for execution — including beheading by sword, firing squad or even crucifixion — for rape, murder, blasphemy, treason, repeated drug use, homosexuality, witchcraft and sorcery.
A recent IS guide to law and order advocates similar punishments for those crimes.
There are no jury trials in Saudi Arabia, with judges deciding guilt or innocence alone. They often reach verdicts by relying solely on police reports.