Karl Andree, 74, has already been in jail for more than a year and now, despite his age and ill health, faces a further punishment of more than 350 lashes which his family says could kill him.The British grandfather’s crime was being caught by the Saudi police with some bottles of homemade wine in the back of his car.
The production, possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden in Saudi Arabia – but it’s not the only thing that could get you flogged.
In October 2009, a Saudi airline employee called Mazen Abdul-Jawad appeared on a TV programme aired by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation where he discussed his sex life, picking up girls and a recipe for an aphrodisiac.
Talking about sex publicly is forbidden in the ultra-conservative country.
He was arrested for publicising vice, jailed for five years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes.
Other men who appeared in a panel discussion on the show, as well as an LBC journalist and cameraman, were also arrested.