Pakistani judge throws out attempted murder case against baby

LAHORE, Pakistan Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:53am EDT

Nine-month-old baby Musa Khan drinks milk from his bottle while being carried by his grandfather Muhammad Yasin as they leave after appearing in a court in Lahore April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Nine-month-old baby Musa Khan drinks milk from his bottle while being carried by his grandfather Muhammad Yasin as they leave after appearing in a court in Lahore April 12, 2014.

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LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani judge threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby on Saturday, lawyers said, in a case that cast a spotlight on Pakistan's dysfunctional justice system.

Baby Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore, sitting on his grandfather's lap and drinking from a bottle of milk.

He and his adult relatives were charged this month with attempting to murder a policeman after his family clashed with police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills.

Police registered a case against the whole family.

"Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error and Musa is not required," defense lawyer Irfan Sadiq told Reuters.

The baby's grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, and his three sons still face the charges.

Pictures taken at an earlier court hearing of Musa crying as he was being fingerprinted provoked widespread ridicule and provincial officials called for an inquiry.

(Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Comments (4)
MikalX wrote:
Are they sure? Kid, looks like the mastermind to me.

Apr 12, 2014 7:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FRPSR wrote:
Bringing the child into the fingerprinting process is one step beyond where forgiveness may have been remotely applicable .

Apr 12, 2014 10:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
julri wrote:
What a bunch of ignorant moronic fools. I can’t even imagine the official that actually went ahead and fingerprinted the crying child. They all should be ashamed of themselves as there is just no excuse and the judge should have put them ALL in jail.

Apr 12, 2014 11:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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