A four-year-old boy has been sentenced to life in prison in Egypt after being found guilty of a murder charge he committed when he was two.
Ahmed Mansour Karni wasn’t in court on Tuesday when he was convicted and sentenced. The court in Western Cairo heard the case of Karni, who was listed as “wanted” for murder, disturbance of the peace and damaging state property.
Defence lawyer Faisal a-Sayd insisted that the judge did not read the case. He said “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.”
Lawyer Mohammed Abu Hurira also added that the case proved “there is no justice in Egypt… [It] is ruled by a bunch of lunatics.”
The sentencing has caused anger online, with users asking how the sentencing could have occurred.