A four year old boy has been sentenced to life in prison after finding him guilty at the age of two years old. The story of the boy went viral on social media and has inspired outrage which left many people asking how a boy as young as four years old commits so many crimes in his short life.
Ahmed Mansour Karni, 4-years old, was convicted and sentenced of the crime which it’s said was committed two years ago, when the boy was just 2-years old. The indictment included four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder, vandalizing property belonging to the Egyptian Health Administration in his home province southeast of the capital Cairo, as well as threatening soldiers and police officers and damaging vehicles belonging to security forces.
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.
The boy’s defence attorney, Faisal al-Sayd said that the boy was added to the list by mistake but the court refused to accept documents proving his age. He claimed that the court failed to transfer the boy’s birth certificate 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,” al-Sayd said.
“There is no justice in Egypt… [It] is ruled by a bunch of lunatics,” said another lawyer.
According to a TV interview with the boy’s father, he cried claiming that it was a mistake, and it was the boy’s uncle who was wanted for the crimes.
According to the Ministry’s spokesperson, the four-year-old had been cleared in 2015 after investigators discovered that the name had been misspelled. Instead of the toddler, police had meant to list his uncle Ahmed Korani Ali. Police said that the boy will not be arrested and that this was all just an administrative mistake.