4-year-old given life imprisonment on murder charge

Cairo—Four counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder – those are among the crimes an Egyptian court held that Ahmed Mansour Karni committed at the tender age of two. He was also charged with threatening soldiers, damaging security forces’ vehicles, and vandalizing government property. An Egyptian court sentenced the child, now four, to life in prison. The indictment was handed down with 115 others, all of whom were sentenced to life imprisonment. “There is no justice in Egypt. No reason,” Mohammed Abu Hurira, a lawyer said. “Logic committed suicide a while ago. Egypt went crazy. Egypt is ruled by a bunch of lunatics.”
While Abu Hurira decried the Egyptian courts for a failure to impart justice, others chalked the decision up to a mistake An Egyptian defense attorney told the Jerusalem Post that the court might have neglected to review the case when it handed down its decision against Karni.
Faisal a-Sayd said that he presented the child’s birth certificate to the court, but said the document may not have been given to the judge who presided over Karni’s case. [T]he judge did not read the case. “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,” a-Sayd said. —TP

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