Victory plan backfires on camel race cheats
Three men have been jailed after their plot to win a camel race by using a stun gun to make their animal run faster was uncovered.
The defendants, who are Emirati, Omani and Bangladeshi, were handed three-month prison terms at Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday after being found guilty of animal abuse.
A fourth defendant, the Emirati owner of the camel, was acquitted because he claimed he did not know the stun gun was being used and was out of the country when the incident happened.
The trio planned to win the race by spooking the camel, named Sawlajan 12, into moving faster using a remote-controlled stun gun, hidden inside the electronic jockey on the camel’s back.
However, the cheats were the ones left shocked when their runner only came in second and the plot was uncovered by officials at the Dubai event.
The 35-year-old Bangladeshi defendant told the court he was responsible for preparing camels for the race and had put the e-jockey onto Sawlajan 12 unaware the machine contained a stun gun.
“My job is to prepare the camels before the race and fix the e-jockey on them,” he said.
“On the race day I prepared four camels for the race and accidentally put the machine on the camel as I did not know it contained the taser.”
The defendant added: “I had been outside the country for two days before the race. It was an accident. I didn’t intend to put it on the camel.”
The 56-year-old Omani defendant who had helped rig up the device said: “Those electric shocks can’t harm the camel. It is just to scare them and make them run faster.”
The defendants had all pleaded not guilty.