An Egyptian court has been criticised after it sentenced a four-year-old boy to life in prison for murder.
Ahmed Mansour Karni was convicted on Tuesday for murder, disturbance of the peace and damaging state property. It’s claimed he committed these crimes two years ago, which would make him just two-years-old when the alleged crimes took place, the Mirror reports.
Karni wasn’t in court when he was sentenced to life in prison and was tried in absentia, he’s now wanted by the state.
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The court in Western Cairo heard the toddler’s incredible list of charges which include four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder, vandalising property belonging to the Egyptian Health Administration in his home province of el-Fayoum, threatening soldiers and police officers and damaging vehicles belonging to security forces.
Defence lawyer Faisal a-Sayd said he believed the judge did not read the case before sentencing the boy.
He told The Jerusalem Post:
The child Ahmed Mansour Karni’s birth certificate was presented after state security forces added his name to the list of accused, but then the case was transferred to the military court and the child was sentenced in absentia in an ensuing court hearing.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) February 20, 2016
Meanwhile lawyer Mohammed Abu Hurira said the case proved, ‘there is no justice in Egypt… [It] is ruled by a bunch of lunatics.’
The sentencing has caused outrage online, with users asking how this has happened.
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— Amy Hawthorne (@awhawth) February 19, 2016
@Independent what total injustice on a baby for f.,, sake
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