74-year-old British pensioner to be publicly flogged in Saudi …?

The news that a 74-year-old British pensioner is to be publicly flogged in Saudi for drinking home made “wine ” has been greatly exaggerated in the press today. But there are many countries were alcohol is prohibition – see below for list

David Cameron to write to Saudi government over alcohol case

Prime Minister David Cameron will write to the Saudi Arabian government about a UK pensioner imprisoned for possessing alcohol, Downing Street has said.

It follows concern from the children of Karl Andree that the 74-year-old will receive 360 lashes for the crime.

But BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said Saudi and UK officials had assured him “there was never any question” of Mr Andree being flogged.

Meanwhile the UK government has withdrawn from a controversial prisons deal with Saudi Arabia.

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