UAE leader sued by USA attorney over use of children as jockeys in camel races

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<p>LEXINGTON, Kentucky – An attorney in Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against the leader of the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai over the use of thousands of children to ride racing camels.</p>

<p>LEXINGTON, Kentucky – An attorney in Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against the leader of the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai over the use of thousands of children to ride racing camels. <br />
The filing, which seeks damages from Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Emirates Minister of Finance, and unnamed others, comes two months after a USA judge in Miami dismissed a similar suit saying the case did not belong in an American court.</p>
<p>The latest suit was filed last Tuesday in USA District Court in Lexington. Attorney Elizabeth Seif has asked a judge to grant class-action status for up to 10,000 children and their families who she says were illegally trafficked to serve as jockeys in camel races.</p>
<p>Seif said the UAE officials had extensive horseracing interests in Kentucky and Florida that provides a sufficient USA legal connection for the lawsuit.</p>
<p>Dr Habib Al Mulla, who represents Maktoum, called the lawsuit baseless. – AP/International Herald Tribune</p>

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