A 4-years-old Egyptian boy named Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara had been sentenced to life in prison by a military court, last week, for the alleged murder of three people and destruction of public property during a protest in January 2014.

Egyptian kid sentenced to life imprisonment

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Ahmed was sentenced on Feb. 16 along with 115 other people involved in a murderous rampage in 2014. The incident had occurred during a period of turmoil following the 2013 eviction of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Egyptian kid sentenced to life imprisonment

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Sharara had appeared on the Egyptian talk show Al-Ashara Masa’an on Saturday. TV host Wael el-Ebrashy said, “This father … is afraid for his son – for this 4-year-old child,” referring to Ahmed, who was sleeping on his father’s lap. Ebrashy even jokingly asked, “Hey, you terrorist, did you kill four people?” at which little Ahmed turned toward his dad and went back to sleep.

However, afterwards, the Egyptian military released a statement saying that it had actually been a case of mistaken identity, as Ahmed shares his name with the 16-year-old boy the Egyptian military court actually meant to sentence. An aide to the interior minister, Gen. Abu Bakr Abdel Karim, phoned Elebrashy’s show to say it was a case of mistaken identity, and promised that Ahmed and his father would not be jailed. Egyptian kid sentenced to life imprisonment

As ridiculous as it sounds, it’s a clear  indication of the much larger problem with the Egyptian justice system.

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This, however, wasn’t the first time either. The police had first come to arrest Ahmed in early 2014, and realizing he was a toddler, they took his father, Mansour Qorany Sharara into custody instead. Sharara was detained for four months before being released. Since then, he has spent nearly a year and a half on the run, evading authorities pursuing the case against his son, for fear of them both being arrested.

Maybe the Egyptian military had been watching too many movies like 2009’s “Orphan“, in which the seemingly innocent 9-year-old girl called Esther is actually a murderous 33-year-old woman named Leena Klammer, who has hypopituitarism, a hormone disorder that stunts physical growth.

Egyptian kid sentenced to life imprisonment

To sum it up, the sheer stupidity and dysfunctional state of the Egyptian judiciary system is appalling, and as Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Joe Stork said, the case “exemplifies the banality of repression in Egypt today.”

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