Men charged with camel-race fixing

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Three men arrested in Dubai and accused of selling robot jockeys that give camels electric shocks were facing lengthy jail sentences Friday.


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Robot jockeys are regularly used during camel racing, an ancient sport in the Middle East, but the men are accused of selling rigged versions that administer electric shocks to make the camels run faster.

Undercover officers posing as customers made the arrest and said they negotiated paying the men around 29,000 dirhams ($8,000) for each modified robot, around 30 times more than the price of ordinary robots.

An investigation was under way Friday into how widespread the use of “shock jockeys” is in the lucrative sport, where successful thoroughbreds are worth millions of dollars.

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