British Grandfather Karl Andree to Be Released From Saudi Prison

Karl Andree, a British man imprisoned for possessing alcohol in Saudi Arabia who had been facing a punishment of 350 lashes will be released within a week, according to the BBC.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the news via Twitter, expressing his "delight." Hammond is currently in Saudi Arabia as part of his four-nation Gulf tour.

Andree, 74, was arrested in August last year by Saudi police after being found in possession of homemade wine.The grandfather-of-seven was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a public flogging and has been in prison since then.

Earlier this month, his family has spoke out about their fears he would have to face the second part of the punishment. "He's an old, frail man," his son Simon told Sky News at the time. "The lashings will kill him. He will keel over and have a heart attack." Simon also called on the U.K. government to intervene in the case.

Hammond told reporters in Saudi Arabia, "This is a good outcome and I'm grateful to minister Al-Jubeir and all other people who have been involved, especially the His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, for ensuring that we now have a good outcome."