British winemaker returns to UK after being freed by Saudis
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British winemaker returns to UK after being freed by Saudis

Imprisoned since August, Karl Andree faced 350 lashes for violating Riyadh’s religious anti-alcohol laws

Illustrative photo of wine glasses. (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)
Illustrative photo of wine glasses. (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

LONDON, United Kingdom — British officials have welcomed the return home of a British man who had faced flogging in Saudi Arabia after being imprisoned for making wine.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday he is “pleased” that 74-year-old Karl Andree has been reunited with his family in Britain. Hammond had sought Andree’s release during a visit to Saudi Arabia last month. The case had strained relations between Britain and Saudi Arabia.

Andree had been in a Saudi prison since August for breaking that country’s strict anti-alcohol laws. He faced 350 lashes as punishment.

He told reporters upon his return that he is looking forward to being reunited with his family and rebuilding his life.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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