The British Embassy in Riyadh is seeking clemency for one of its nationals, Karl Andree, who is in custody and faces 350 lashes for possessing alcoholic drinks in the Kingdom. Alcoholic drinks are banned in Islam and are therefore strictly prohibited throughout the Kingdom which follows Islamic law. The punishment includes a public lashing. The embassy is in contact with the Saudi authorities and is seeking clemency for Andree. Embassy staff visit him regularly. Andree, 74, was jailed for 12 months in August last year after being caught with wine that local police found in his car. He remains in prison awaiting further punishment for breaking the law. He had been working for oil companies for more than two decades. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK government department responsible for protecting British interests around the world, warns on its website that there are severe penalties for possessing alcohol in Saudi Arabia.
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