February 26, 2016 – An Egyptian toddler has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes he allegedly committed while participating in a protest in support of former President Mohamed Morsy, according to CNN.
Last week, Ahmed Mansour Qorany, 4, along with 115 others, were found guilty by an Egyptian military court of “killing three people and sabotaging public and private property” during a January 2014 protest by supporters of the ousted Morsy.
Ahmed was 16 months old at the time.
In 2014, when police came to arrest Ahmed, they realized he was a child and took his father — Mansour Qorany Sharara — instead and imprisoned him for four months. A judge later released him, and he spent almost 18 months on the run from authorities.
Lawyers showed the court Ahmed’s birth certificate in the hopes of exonerating him as there is a 16-year-old suspect with the same name as the toddler, but to no avail.
According to CNN, Gen. Abu Bakr Abdel-Karim, an aide to the interior minister, told an Egyptian television network that “it was a case of mistaken identity” and that neither Ahmed nor his father would go to jail.
But during the same interview, Hemat Mostafa, Ahmed’s mother, called the network to say that the police had just left their home after inquiring about her son and her husband.
According to CNN, the sentencing was part of a mass trial involving 116 defendants. The court found them all guilty of killing three people and damaging public property during a protest in January 2014.
The boy’s father appeared on an Egyptian TV show over the weekend, begging the government not to take his son.
While the case sounds ridiculous, it’s an indication of a larger problem with the Egyptian justice system.
“I would go as far as saying that it’s disintegrating. The justice system is on the verge of complete dysfunctionality,” said Karim Ennarah, a criminal justice researcher.
Egyptian authorities have admitted the conviction of the toddler was a case of mistaken identity, but it’s unclear what will happen next.
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