On the one hand, one feels sympathy for Karl Andree.
The family of a grandfather who has been sentenced to 350 lashes by the authorities in Saudi Arabia has urged the Government to intervene, amid fears the punishment would kill him.
Karl Andree, a 74-year-old cancer survivor, was jailed for 12 months after he was allegedly caught with homemade alcohol, which is illegal in the highly conservative nation.
He was arrested in the port city of Jeddah in August 2014 after police allegedly discovered bottles of hooch, The Sun reported.
I mean, Saudi Arabia is a brutal, primitive regime that operates a legal system that is incompetent and is based upon the ravings of a medieval madman. “Conservative” is blessing them with a compliment they do not deserve – barbaric, misogynistic, brutal and medieval would be closer to the truth.
But, you know, this is well known. It is why, despite several approaches in recent years, my response to people asking me to go out to that vile hell-hole has been brief and negative. Wild camels couldn’t drag me. You could not pay me enough money to risk my liberty by making a mistake and ending up on the wrong side of their laughable justice system. I’ve never been there and I know the risks involved.
Mr Andree has lived there for twenty-five years…