AMARA, IRAQ - An angered farmer is awaiting a verdict in a nearly $2 million lawsuit claiming that the South Oil Company took over his land without just compensation, in an early test of whether – and how – the government will compensate Iraqis who are displaced or adversely affected by the oil-sector expansion.
Sheikh Sadoon Hameed asserts that oil operations began on his farm land in Missan province in 2001. The Missan Oil Company, a new state firm which took over the province's oil operations from the South Oil Company in 2008, wouldn't comment on the case because a verdict is expected soon from a special court in Basra.
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