Egyptian military sentenced a 4 year old boy to life imprisonment instead of a murder accused 16 year old boy owing to similarities in names. However, Col Mohammed Samir admitted to the mistake on Facebook.
Earlier the boy was accused for 4 murders, 8 attempts to murders and damaging court property.
The Egyptian military admitted to making a mistake in sentencing a 4-year-old boy to life in prison last week.
The court was supposed to sentence a 16-year-old for murder, but sentenced the 4-year-old instead because he had a similar name, spokesman Col. Mohammed Samir said on Facebook.
Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali was convicted in a group of 115 men who were said to be part of a Muslim Brotherhood riot in 2014, despite Ali’s lawyer providing documents that proved Ali was only a year old at the time.
The teen the military intended to convict was Ahmed Mansour Qurani Sharara.
The 4-year-old’s conviction is the latest embarrassment for the court. The United Nations declared in 2014 the country had “a judicial system where international fair trial guarantees appear to be increasingly trampled upon” after more than 1,200 people were given death sentences in a pair of mass trials “rife with procedural irregularities.”
Ali’s lawyer said court officials didn’t pass the child’s birth certificate to the judge before he was convicted of four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and vandalizing government property.