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Aramco ordered to pay SR1m for death of beauty camel

Heartbroken owner wins case against firm after prized-beast falls in oil pit and dies.

Aramco ordered to pay SR1m for death of beauty camel
CASE WIN: A camel breeder has won SR1m in compensation for the death of his prized beast. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, has been ordered to pay SR1m ($266,000) for causing the death of a prized beauty camel.

The rare black camel fell into a hole in the desert that Aramco had dug and filled with oil, the Saudi Gazette reported on Thursday.

Heartbroken owner, Abdullah Al-Sairi, sued the company last year for failing to put a protective fence around it, and on Wednesday the general court in Khobar found in his favour.

According to the report, Aramco’s lawyer said the firm intends to appeal the verdict in the Court of Cassation.

The three-year-old camel had been entered into the Camel Beauty Contest, a popular gathering for the kingdom’s camel breeders.

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