Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali was charged along with 115 others for being involved in riots by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Fayoum province two years ago. Interestingly, according to documents submitted by the child’s lawyer, Ali was only 2 years old at the time, making it impossible for him to be involved in such acts.
However, the authorities have only now admitted to their grave mistake for sentencing the wrong child. Apparently, 16-year-old Ahmed Mansour Qurani Sharara was supposed to be convicted, Col. Mohammed Samir clarified in a Facebook post.
The 4-year-old’s attorney claimed that Ali’s name was added to the list of suspects by mistake, and the judge, when sentencing him to imprisonment, did not refer to his birth certificate. The child was therefore convicted of four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and vandalizing government property.
Ali’s father recently narrated the story of the infant’s arrest on the talk show “Al-Ashera Masa’an,” recalling how security forces showed up at their home in January 2014. When the father told the police that Ali was just 2, they arrested him instead. After keeping him in prison for four months, he was released without charge.
As of now, what will happen with Ali next remains unclear. The court has not made a statement yet and just claims that the mistake will be corrected. Well, hopefully.
It is disappointing that a 4-year-old has to go through so much physical and mental torture because of a careless mistake. Egypt’s judicial system has several loopholes and has received wide criticism since 2013.
It is about time that all cases in the military court are well investigated, before a judgment is passed, so innocent people avoid landing in jail and having to face death sentences and severe punishments they don’t deserve.