In a bizarre case that occurred in Egypt, a toddler was sentenced to life imprisonment. The boy was sentenced for crimes like attempted murder.
The ruling was made in military court without the boy being present according to America Now. Ahmed Mansour Karni was sentenced for crimes that occurred on January 3, 2014.
Ahmed Mansour Karni, 4, who was born in September 2012. He was charged with crimes committed during an incident 70km south of Cairo, in the Fayoum province.
The toddler was sentenced in February 2016. The charges he was accused of included four counts of murder, eight of attempted murder, as well as vandalizing property and threatening officers.
Karni was sentenced because the court rejected documents verifying his age. The boy’s name was added to the list of accused by mistake, but the court didn't bother to consider his age.
The proceedings continued with a hearing and sentencing. During an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Karni's Defense attorney Faisal a-Sayd explained that the boy was sentenced in absentia.
"The 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."
Faisal a-Sayd, America Now, January 23, 2018
The attorney stated that any judge would have realized the mistake, instead of sentencing an 18-month-old baby to life in prison for a crime he was too young to commit. He added that it proved that the judge didn’t read the case.
The sentencing caused an uproar on social media, with several users criticizing Egypt's government and legal system. They branded them as being corrupt and broken.
Other lawyers also spoke out against the state of the Egyptian Justice system. One lawyer, Mohammed Abu Hurira, told Daily Mail that the Egyptian scales of justice were not reversible.
He shared that there was no justice in Egypt and that logic had committed suicide a while ago. Fortunately, the entire situation was branded 'an administrative mistake,' and Karni wasn't arrested after all.
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