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'Wheels of diplomacy' free Karl Andree from Saudi prison

British grandfather Karl Andree - locked up in Saudi Arabia for more than a year - is to be spared a public flogging and will soon return to the UK.

His son told ITV News that his family is thrilled at the news.

As Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports, the wheels of British diplomacy can move swiftly under public pressure.

Hammond: 'Open' relationship with Saudi secured release

The UK's "open and frank" relationship with Saudi Arabia was instrumental in securing the release of British grandfather Karl Andree from prison, the Foreign Secretary has said.

Speaking from the Middle East, Philip Hammond said that the strong relationship between the two countries had allowed them to discuss concerns openly.

Mr Andre, 74, fell foul of Saudi Arabia's strict no-alcohol laws last year and spent over 12 months in jail and was facing 350 lashes for his crime.

Family 'thrilled' over Karl Andree's release from prison

The family of a British grandfather detained in Saudi Arabia for breaching strict alcohol laws have told ITV News of their relief that he is to return to the UK.

Speaking to Political Correspondent Libby Wiener, Simon Andree said that the family was "absolutely thrilled" that 74-year-old Karl Andree will no longer face 350 lashes for his crime.

Mr Andree said that his father had been taking "each day as it comes" as he sought to deal with the prospect of a public flogging for being caught with home-made wine last year.

Prior to the securing of his release, Karl Andree had spent a year in prison for his crime.

Foreign Secretary 'grateful' for Karl Andree release

The news comes despite warnings of a 'break down' in relations between the two countries. Credit: @PHammondMP/Twitter

The Foreign Secretary has said he is "grateful" to Saudi officials for securing the release of a British grandfather from prison.

Karl Andree, 74, has served time in jail following his arrest in Jeddah in August last year after he was caught with home-made wine and was facing 350 lashes as part of his punishment.

But during a visit to Saudi Arabia, Mr Hammond confirmed Mr Andree would be released and reunited with his family.

This is a good outcome and I'm grateful to minister Al-Jubeir and all other people who have been involved, especially His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, for ensuring that we now have a good outcome.

– Philip Hammond


Son of Karl Andree 'thrilled' about his release from prison

Karl Andree, second left, with his son Simon, left, wife Verity and daughter Kirsten Credit: Family handout

The son of Karl Andree, a British grandfather who was locked up in a Saudi prison for breaching the country's strict alcohol laws, has said he is "absolutely thrilled" following Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announcement that his father will be released.

Simon Andree said:

It is great news if what the Saudis and the Government is saying is true. I'm absolutely thrilled.

Hopefully we'll have him home next week.

The Foreign Office called me this morning and told me Philip Hammond was in Saudi but they didn't tell me anything else.

I've been watching the TV all day waiting for the news

– Simon Andree

Prime Minister: Good to hear news of Karl Andree's release

David Cameron has confirmed that British grandfather Karl Andree will be released from prison in Saudi Arabia "within the week".

The Prime Minister tweeted from the @Number10gov official account: "Good to hear news from #Saudi that #KarlAndree is to be released within the week."

Mr Andree, 74, had been held for breaching the country's strict alcohol laws and had been sentenced to 350 lashes.

UK man facing 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia 'will be released within a week'

A British grandfather who was facing 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia and has been in jail there for a year will be released from custody within a week, the Foreign Secretary has announced.

Karl Andree, 74, had been held after breaching strict alcohol laws.

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