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Legal experts have called for a law that would penalize owners of camels that cause road accidents. "Until now there is no law in Saudi Arabia that would penalize the owner of a stray camel for causing a fatal road accident," said Ahmed Al-Ashwan, a Saudi lawyer. Currently, the traffic law considers leaving animals along roadside and highways a sinful act. There is no criminal responsibility on the beast's owner if the animal causes an accident. Legal experts argue that this law is not enough to stop accidents caused by straying animals. Al-Ashwan has called for implementing Article 62 of the Traffic Law on owners of stray camels once it was proved that they caused the accidents. "The case of such animals should be like the drivers who caused accidents," he pointed out. The punishment for such an offense is jail for not more than a year or fine of not more than SR10,000 or both, he added. He says an stray animal causing a road accident is a major issue, requiring preventive action by authorities. One expert stressed that defamation of the camel owner by publishing his photo in the newspapers was not a solution. Mutlaq Al-Fagham, manager of a legal consultancy house, said accidents caused by stray animals along highways has not become a phenomenon in the Kingdom, adding that every citizen involved in such an accident has the right to take legal action against owners of stray animals.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Mar 3, 2015
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