‘Killer’ baby in hid­ing

...Af­ter po­lice charge the nine-month-old with at­tempted mur­der

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

Rel­a­tives of a ninemonth old baby charged with at­tempted mur­der in Pak­istan have taken him into hid­ing, one said on Tues­day, in a case that has thrown a spot­light on Pak­istan’s dys­func­tional crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

Baby Musa Khan ap­peared in court in the city of La­hore last week, charged with at­tempted mur­der along with his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther af­ter a mob protest­ing against gas cuts and price in­creases stoned po­lice and gas com­pany work­ers try­ing to col­lect over­due bills.

“Po­lice are vin­dic­tive. Now they are try­ing to set­tle the is­sue on per­sonal grounds, that’s why I sent my grand­son to Faisal­abad for pro­tec­tion,” the baby’s grand­fa­ther, Muham­mad Yasin, told Reuters, re­fer­ring to a cen­tral Pak­istani city.

The baby is on bail and due to ap­pear at the next hear­ing on April 12 but Yasin said he was not sure if he would take him to court for the case.

He does not even know how to pick up his milk bot­tle prop­erly, how can he stone the po­lice?

“There is im­mense pres­sure on me from var­i­ous cor­ners,” he said.

At his first ap­pear­ance in court last week, Musa cried while his fin­ger­prints were taken by a court of­fi­cial. Later, the baby sucked on a bot­tle of milk and tried to grab jour­nal­ists’ mi­cro­phones as his grand­fa­ther spoke to the me­dia.

“He does not even know how to pick up his milk bot­tle prop­erly, how can he stone the po­lice?” Yasin asked jour­nal­ists at the court last Thurs­day.

The baby was ap­par­ently charged be­cause an as­sis­tant subin­spec­tor com­plained in a crime re­port that Musa’s whole fam­ily had beaten him up and in­jured

LEFT: A Pak­istani lawyer tak­ing the thumb im­pres­sion from nine-month-old tod­dler Mo­ham­mad Musa on a bail bond in La­hore. RIGHT: Baby Musa suck­ing on a bot­tle of milk.

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