Saudi Arabia
Saudi police and public wait at a square before a public flogging in the city of Khobar in September 2009.Reuters File

British grandfather Karl Andree will face 350 lashes as punishment for breaking Saudi Arabia's strict laws over alcohol prohibition, and his family is concerned he may succumb to the injuries. 

The Briton, who is 74 years old, has already spent nearly 12 months in jail after police found wine bottles in his car in Jeddah last year. 

His family thinks that Andree, who has also battled cancer and also suffers from asthma, will likely not survive the 350 lashes. They have called on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene. 

"There is no doubt in our minds that 350 lashes will kill him. He needs medical care for his cancer and asthma. We implore David Cameron to personally intervene and help get our father home. The Saudi government will only listen to him," a family member was quoted saying by The Sun

Andree has reportedly lived in Saudi Arabia for more than two decades and worked as an oil executive. 

Saudi Arabia imposes strict Islamic laws that prohibit alcohol in the kingdom. The country is also infamous for executing harsh and inhumane punishments on prisoners, including public flogging and even beheading. 

Britain's foreign office has reportedly taken up the case of the 74-year-old with Saudi Arabia. 

"Our embassy staff are continuing to assist Andree, including regular visits to check on his welfare, and frequent contact with his lawyer and family. Ministers and senior officials have raised Andree's case with the Saudi Government and we are actively seeking his release as soon as possible," a spokesman told Sky News.

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