An Egyptian court has sentenced a four-year-old boy to life in prison for committing four ‘murders’ when he was only one and a half years old.
Ahmed Mansour Karni was convicted in absentia of four counts of murder, eight of attempted murder, vandalising property, disturbance of peace and threatening police officers.
The boy was part of a list of 115 defendants who were all given life sentences at a military court in Cairo for crimes committed on 3 January 2014 in the province of Fayoum, 70km south of Cairo.
Ahmed’s name was added to the list by mistake but the court refused to accept documents proving his age, according to the boy’s lawyers.
One of them, Faisal al-Sayd, said that he presented Ahmed’s birth certificate to the court, which allegedly failed to transfer it to the judge.
‘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,’ he told the Jerusalem Post.
‘This proves that the judge did not read the case’.
Another Egyptian lawyer Mohammed Abu Hurira said the case proves that ‘the Egyptian scales of justice are not reversible’ and ‘there is no justice in Egypt.’
‘Logic committed suicide a while ago. Egypt went crazy. Egypt is ruled by a bunch of lunatics,’ he said.
Since 2013, Egypt has been ruled by a military dictatorship under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.