A toddler was sentenced to life in Egyptian, but now the 3-year-old and his family are relieved. Officials say the toddler nor his father will be arrested for a crime after nearly 18 months on the run, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The toddler’s father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, has returned to the family home in the southern Egyptian province of Fayyoum. He had been avoiding authorities who had previously detained him when they came to arrest his young son on charges that could sentence the boy to life in prison.
In a surreal verdict, a military court last week found 3-year-old Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara — and 115 others — guilty of killing three people and sabotaging public and private property during a political demonstration in January 2014. Ahmed was 16 months old at the time of the alleged crime.
Family members of a 3-year-old Egyptian toddler sentenced to life in prison last week say they feel relieved. However, they are still frightened over the guilty verdict that came out on February 16, which caused an uproar.
“How could people trust justice if they see this?” TV presenter Wael Elebrashy asked as he interviewed the boy’s father in a Cairo studio on Saturday. Ahmed was sleeping as his father held him during the interview and cried, pleading for help. Sharara said he was worried his son would be imprisoned. Sharara had already suffered a great deal for the bizarre charges against his child.
When the police first came to arrest Ahmed in early 2014 and realized he was a toddler, they took his father into custody instead. Sharara was detained for four months before a judge released him. Sharara has since spent nearly a year and a half on the run, evading authorities pursuing the case against the toddler, for fear he would be arrested, he told Elebrashy. But in the wake of the public outrage over the case, officials gave assurances that neither father nor son would be arrested again.
An aide to the interior minister phoned Elebrashy’s show to say it was a case of mistaken identity. The aide, Gen. Abu Bakr Abdel Karim, promised that Ahmed and his father would not be jailed. The military released a statement the following day saying the person wanted in the case was a 16-year-old with the same name as Ahmed, who had fled authorities.
The assurances after the toddler was sentenced to life in prison did not completely allay the family’s fears, however. During Sharara’s interview with Elebrashy, Ahmed’s mother, Hemat Mostafa, phoned the TV station to say the police had just left their home after inquiring about Ahmed and his father. “If it is true that it was a mistaken identity, why did they come to arrest the boy? Why haven’t security arrested the right defendant then?” lawyer Mahmoud Abu Kaf said.