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British man imprisoned for making wine in Saudi Arabia is freed, returns home to UK

British officials have welcomed the return home of a British man who had faced flogging in Saudi Arabia after being imprisoned for making wine.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday he is "pleased" that 74-year-old Karl Andree has been reunited with his family in Britain. Hammond had sought Andree's release during a visit to Saudi Arabia last month. The case had strained relations between Britain and Saudi Arabia.

Andree had been in a Saudi prison since August for breaking that country's strict anti-alcohol laws. He faced 350 lashes as punishment.

He told reporters upon his return that he is looking forward to being reunited with his family and rebuilding his life.