An Egyptian court has sentenced a 4-year-old child to life in prison for murder.
Ahmed Mansour Karni was charged with four counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder, all crimes that he allegedly committed when he was two. Other charges included threatening soldiers, damaging property of Egyptian security forces, and vandalizing government property.
“There is no justice in Egypt. No reason,” lawyer Mohammed Abu Hurira said according to the Jerusalem Post. “Logic committed suicide a while ago. Egypt went crazy. Egypt is ruled by a bunch of lunatics.”
Some have attributed the charges to the rise in mass hearings in recent years, creating the environment for legal mishaps. According to one defense attorney, he had given the child’s birth certificate to the court, however “it appeared that the court did not transfer the material.” Karni was charged with at least 115 other defendants.
“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,” said Lawyer Faisal a-Sayd, according to the Post.
The sentencing has caused an uproar on social media, with users slamming Egypt’s corrupt and unjust legal system.