Saudi Arabia: Karl Andree has served his time. Release him now!

Sentence Served: Karl Andree Should be Freed from Saudi Prison

 

Saudi Arabia: Karl Andree has served his time. Release him now!

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Saudi Arabia: Karl Andree has served his time. Release him now!

In the midst of news around the UK's withdrawl from a deal to transfer prison expertise to Saudi Arabia, the case of Karl Andree has emerged.

Mr Andree, a UK national, who is a 74-year-old pensioner and who has been living in the Middle East for the past 25 years, was convicted of the possession of alcohol in 2014, when authorities found bottles of homemade wine in his car.

In Saudi Arabia, the possession of alcohol faces stiff penalties, as the legal code there is based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law, viewed through a Wahhabi lens. For his violation of the law, he received a sentence of 12 months in prison and more than 360 lashes.

Because of his frail health - attested to by his son Simon, who, speaking on BBC4 radio, said that his father Karl had survived 3 types of cancer, but still suffered from severe asthma - Mr Andree has, so far, been spared the lash. And, thankfully, Saudi officials have also privately confided that clemency would be shown in this regard.

However, the fact remains that Mr Andree has now served his full sentence. In fact, he has served 2 more months, in a Saudi prison, than his sentence mandates.

This petition, therefore, politely asks for justice to be shown to Mr Andree and his family - and, that he be released with immediate effect. King Salman is the main addressee of this petition, as he has the authority and influence to commute Mr Andree's sentence to time served. But, we are also petitioning the UK Foreign Office, the US Department of State, and the the EU International Affairs Chief, to ensure that Mr Andree's situation is presented as a justice and human rights issue, and not simply a political issue between the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Thank you for signing and sharing this urgent petition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34513579 - BBC Video of Mr Andree's son, talking about his father's case

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34513096- BBC article talking about assurances not to use the lash on Mr Andree.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/world/middleeast/karl-andree-lashes-saudi-arabia-britain.html?_r=0

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His sentence has been served: Time for Karl Andree to be freed.

His Majesty, Salman, King of Saudi Arabia,

Rt Hon Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary of the UK,

Hon John Kerry, US Secretary of State,

High Rep Federica Mogherini, EU Int'l Policy Chief,

The case of Karl Andree, a 74-year-old pensioner from the UK, requires urgent attention.

After being convicted of possessing alcohol in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he was sentenced to 12 months in prison, as well as more than 360 lashes.

So far, Saudi officials have demonstrated clemency where the lashing is concerned, but Mr Andree has now spent over 14 months in a Saudi prison.

We, the undersigned, politely request that, as Mr Andree has spent more than his allotted time in prison, his sentence now be commuted to time served -- and that he be released from prison, free to go home to be with his family. Mr Andree has been punished, now the Saudi Justice System should give him his liberty.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Saudi Arabia: Karl Andree has served his time. Release him now!

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