Military Says Life Sentence To Four-Year-Old Boy In Egypt Is A Mistake

The Egyptian military has confirmed that the sentencing of a four-year-old boy to life in prison for murder in cairo last week, was a mistake by the court. 

Last week, a 4-year-old Egyptian boy was convicted on four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and destroying government property deliberately.

The conviction sparked massive criticism around the world, all lashing at the Egyptian judicial system. But the country’s military has come to confirm that it was only a mistake.

Speaking through a spokesman Col Mohammed Samir, it was revealed that the court did the ruling against a 4-year-old-boy instead of a 16-year-old who bears the same name.

Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali was convicted along with 115 others for reportedly being involved in the riots by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Fayoum province in 2014.

There were Muslim supporters of the President Mohammed Morsi who was deposed by the military in 2013 leading to the socio-political upheaval which lingered into 2014.

Col Samir said Ahmed Mansour Qurani Sharara, 16, was supposed to be sentenced and not Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali. He made this revelation in a Facebook post published yesterday

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Yet, nobody can tell what will be the fate of the young boy who had already been convicted because a judge failed to review the case and do his job properly.

A lawyer, who castigated the pathetic court ruling on the 4-year-old, disclosed the rigidity of the Egyptian court verdicts.

The  young boy’s lawyer had presented documents indicating that he was only 1-year-old during the incident. But states that court officials didn’t pass his birth certificate to the judge to prove his real age at the time of the crime.

The judge then mistakenly added the child’s name to the list of suspects. He was later on found guilty of four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and destroying government property deliberately.

Since the military took over the office of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, after a huge agitation, Egypt’s legal system has received several criticisms. Reports say over 1,000 people have lost their lives and 40,000 are said to have been imprisoned in an extensive crackdown on dissent.

Majority of them are those who are in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, but secular activists have also faced prosecution for not abiding with anti-protest laws.

The UN had once warned and condemned the Egyptian judiciary for being excessively insensitive up to the point of sentencing over 1200 people to death in a couple of mass trials.

Though the country’s 4-year-old sentence sparked uproar in the globe, it is good that the reactions of very many people in Africa and across the world have yielded something good.