A Twitter timeline: The story of the British pensioner sentenced to 378 lashes in Saudi Arabia

Published November 12th, 2015 - 02:12 GMT
A victory for those campaigning to have him released, but not everyone is happy about Karl Andree escaping lashes in Saudi Arabia. (Facebook)
A victory for those campaigning to have him released, but not everyone is happy about Karl Andree escaping lashes in Saudi Arabia. (Facebook)

In August 2014, a British pensioner named Karl Andree was arrested in Jeddah after bottles of homemade wine were discovered in the back of his car. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and 378 lashes by a Saudi court, however after he had served the prison time he was kept behind bars while authorities decided whether to carry out the physical punishment on the 74-year old.

In October 2015 the British newspaper The Sun revealed the story to the British public, causing immediate outrage. Petitions were signed and eventually the British government intervened and secured his release. This week he arrived back in the UK and was reunited with his family.

While the support for Andree was overwhelming, there were a number of people who did not feel much sympathy for the Brit. Here is a Twitter timeline highlighting some key moments, and how people reacted:

TheSun reveals the 74-year old is fashing 378 lashes, and pleas for clemency start rolling in

 

 

However not everyone is sympathetic to his case

 

 

Some even try to highlight British hypocrisy in caring about this case while ignoring so many others

 

 

News breaks that he is due to be released, leading to praise and excitement

 

 

But still there are those who do not feel sorry for Andree

 

 

This week he arrived back in the UK, and people express their joy at the news

 

 

However there are still those who feel that he should have faced his punishment

 

By Kane Hippisley-Gatherum


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