British businessman released from Saudi jail

Published May 8th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

A British businessman convicted of running an illegal drinking den in Saudi Arabia has been freed from jail, escaping 800 lashes and a fine of over half-a-million dollars, the Foreign Office in London said Thursday.  


Gary O'Nions, 57, was jailed for eight years last April for alcohol-related charges, and has now been deported from Saudi Arabia, a Foreign Office spokesman told AFP.  











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