The family of a 74-year-old former oil worker is pleading with Saudi Arabian authorities to release the man as he faces a public flogging for possession of alcohol.

According to Energy Voice, Karl Andree has been in prison for a year after being caught with home-made wine.

A former oil worker and a cancer survivor, Andree is facing 350 public lashes for the infraction, a punishment his family fears could kill him.

Andree has lived in the Middle East for the past 25 years and used to work in the oil industry.

The grandfather of seven was arrested in Jeddah in August 2014 after authorities discovered his bottles of home-made wine.

Andree was sentenced to one year in prison and a public flogging for violating the kingdom’s strict alcohol prohibition.

The year long sentence has already been served but Andree remains in custody as authorities wait to administrator the flogging.

Andree’s son Simon told the Sun that his father requires treatment for cancer and for asthma and is too frail to withstand the punishment.

“There is no doubt in our minds that 350 lashes will kill him,” Simon Andree told the paper.

Andree’s children have asked British prime minister David Cameron to intervene in their father’s case, asking for Andree to be released so that he can see his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

A spokesperson with the British Foreign Office told Energy Voice that the country’s embassy is actively working for his release.

“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,” the office said.


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