After Pakistan’s troubled police force failed to spot 6 foot 5 Osama bin Laden hiding in their backyard, they’re determined not to let any more criminal masterminds get away – especially not Musa Khan, a 9-month-old baby boy, who has been charged with attempted murder.
Musa Kahn was charged alongside four adults in connection with a violent protest in a Lahore slum back in February. During the protest, slum residents threw stones at gas-company workers attempting to disconnect households that didn’t pay up. The police subsequently charged the entire family, including Musa, with attempted murder.
The ridiculousness of the case became apparent when the child was required to appear in court. Forced to make an appearance and record his thumbprint (since he couldn’t actually sign his release papers), the baby screamed and cried, and required a milk bottle to calm him down.
“He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly—how can he stone the police?” his grandfather Muhammad Yasin said.
The baby’s official charge is attempting “to murder with intention or knowledge” and if convicted, Musa may face a maximum of 10 years in prison, with even stricter penalties if a judge determines that the crime was done in “the name or on the pretext of honour.” However, the child’s lawyer has argued that children under the age of 7 cannot be prosecuted under Pakistani law.
But Musa’s family is playing it safe and has whisked the child off into hiding until the case blows over. The boy’s grandfather revealed that he had sent the child 200 kilometres away to Faisalabad “for protection” against the “vindictive” police. Except it’s not really ‘going into hiding’ if you tell everyone where he was sent…
I’m not sure what’s more shocking – that Pakistani police see no problem in prosecuting a 9-month-old baby or that Pakistan has access to nuclear weapons.