The curious case in Egypt which involves the country’s judiciary authorities wrongfully charging four year-old Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali to life in prison for various crimes, including four counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder continues to raise eyebrows.
The charges against the toddler were laid in 2014, when the boy was just two years old.
The case highlights the shortcomings of the country’s legal system and the mistaken identity has indeed caused a furore with the Egyptian authorities being heavily criticised by the public.
Following the outcry created by the case, the military has acknowledged that a military court which handed down the ruling made a mistake, the BBC reports. According to the BBC, Col Mohammed Samir said Ahmed Mansour Qurani Sharara, 16, should have been sentenced and not Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali.
While the case has been resolved, the image of Egypt’s judiciary system has been further tainted. The case has also been criticised as “disgraceful”.
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The case has exposed the delicate human rights situation prevailing in the country, since the military took control after President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in 2013.
According to Amnesty International, over the past year, “The authorities arbitrarily restricted the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, enacted a draconian new anti-terrorism law,…”
“Courts handed down hundreds of death sentences and lengthy prison sentences after grossly unfair mass trials. There was a critical lack of accountability; most human rights violations were committed with impunity”.