A nine-month old baby boy was forced to appear in court in Pakistan, because he was charged with conspiring to commit murder, even though he has yet to say his first word or even walk. Muhammad Mosa Khan was just one of over 30 individuals who were facing possible murder charges after a raid by police to catch alleged gas robbers in the city of Lahore, which is the second largest city in Pakistan.
Police stated the defendants attempted to murder security officers by striking them with rocks. But a newspaper was quoted as saying that the child’s father declared the entire group was actually in a protest against a forced shortage of electricity.
The baby boy showed up in court and sat upon his father’s lap while he drank from a bottle. He was released on bail and the case was deferred until April 12. His father was also one of the accused in the plot. He was even required to have his fingerprints taken. He began crying in court when his grandfather had to grab one of his thumbs and put it inside an ink well so to put a mark on a bail bond, because the baby was unable to sign it himself.
When the case re-adjourns on the 12th, the tot will be expected to be there.
Baby Muhammad’s father, Ahmed explained, while in court, that the group was just trying to perform the protest because they need the electricity and it is not fair to keep it from the citizens of the city.
Ahmed claimed that the police formed up a false case against him, his son and all the other people that were in the crown and insisted for the powers that be to drop all the charges against them. He stated that the only crime they had committed was that they had been in protest against the non-availability of electricity in our area.
By there being murder charges brought up against a baby have caused alarm for Pakistan’s Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He asked for an explanation from Lahore’s inspector general of police and stated that he wanted swift action done against the executives who had brought such a case to court.
Mohammad Yasi, age 50, and the baby’s grandfather declared to the public that everybody in the courtroom was wanting to know how could a baby be implicated in any case, especially in a murder case? What kind of police did they have in their city? This must be a joke. But it was not. All this has happened because the gas company and the police came to their homes without any notice and began removing gas meters from their houses homes. Residents began the protest and blocked the street. However the protest had to end when senior police came to their area and guaranteed them that no wrongdoing would be done.
The grandfather added that later on they discovered that they had these cases filed against them.
The baby’s appearance in court did incite the involvement of numerous politicians who wanted an official inquiry. A police officer involved with the case was fired and the secondary superintendent who filed the charges was consequently suspended it was reported.
Yet with all this, baby Muhammad still has not gotten off the hook. The case was not kicked out of court even with all the media attention.
So in the country of Pakistan, a nine-month old baby boy was forced to appear in court because he was charged with conspiring to commit murder, even though he has yet to say his first word or even walk.
By Kimberly Ruble