BBC reports that Egyptian Military has acknowledged that a military court made a mistake by sentencing a four-year-old boy to life in prison for murder last week.
Spokesman Col Mohammed Samir clarified the mistaken identity situation in the preposterous court ruling of Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali’s case, saying that instead of the 4-year old boy, another 16-year-old bearing a similar name was the rightful person wanted by the law. The teenage Ahmed Mansour Qurani Sharara is the one who should have been sentenced.
As an aftermath of the 2014 riots and the fall out of the Egyptian government with her citizens over political matters in 2014, it was reported that Mansour Qurani Sharara participated in that uproar. The accused young man and 115 others are the ones who are expected to answer to the law.
These listed people were Muslim supporters of the President Mohammed Morsi who was deposed by the military in 2013; and this sparked off the socio-political upheaval which lingered into 2014.
A lawyer who condemned the initial pathetic court ruling on the 4-year old made known the rigidity of the Egyptian court verdicts; now comes the question, what still, is the fate of the innocent child whose identity has been tarnished at this time because a judge failed to review a case and do his job properly.
This mistaken identity saga has brought up many questions about the quality and integrity of Egypt’s legal system. With the earlier presentation of the child’s birth certificate, a critical assessment should have been employed; and where they are suspicious of the evidence, should have investigated and not assume that a counter notion was unnecessary.
“Egypt’s judicial system has come under repeated criticism since the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, following mass protests.Since then, more than 1,000 people have been killed and 40,000 are believed to have been jailed in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. Most of them have been supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, but secular activists have also been prosecuted for breaking an anti-protest law.” – BBC Report
The UN had once warned and condemned the Egyptian judiciary for being grossly insensitive up to the point of sentencing over 1200 people to death in a couple of mass trials. The Egyptian 4-year old sentence left a bad taste in people’s mouths and now for what it is worth, it is good that the reactions of very many people in Africa and across the world have yielded something good. We hope Egypt will address her faulty judiciary.