Pakistani Police Accuse Nine Month Old Of Plotting Murder

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A nine month old boy in Pakistan is facing charges that he assaulted and attempted to murder a police officer:

A nine-month-old boy has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs, it appears.

Baby Muhammad Mosa Khan is one of more than 30 people facing charges after a police raid to catch suspected gas thieves in the city of Lahore, The News website reports. Police say the suspects tried to murder security officers by pelting them with stones. But the Times of India newspaper quotes the infant’s father as saying the group was protesting an electricity shortage.

The infant appeared in the courtroom sitting on his father’s lap – who is also accused – and clasping a feeder. He was given bail and the case has been adjourned until 12 April, reports from Lahore say.

The murder charges against a baby have alarmed Punjab’s Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He has asked for clarification from the province’s inspector-general of police and demanded “stern action” against the officials who registered the case.

Sharif, obviously, is just a soft on crime liberal.

H/T: Lowering The Bar

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  1. me says:

    Silly paki’s…




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  2. Moosebreath says:

    “a police raid to catch suspected gas thieves”

    I think he just needed to be burped.




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  3. David in KC says:

    @Moosebreath: I think you may have won the internets for the day.




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  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Damn. I got arrested for the first time at the age of 2. This kid beat me like a redheaded step child. Not only did he get arrested app. 22 months earlier, but MURDER? I was only charged with malicious destruction.




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  5. Dave Schuler says:

    I know nohing whatever about Pakistani law but under our system a 9 year old would be deemed incapable of forming a mens rea. I’m surprised you were arrested at 2, OzarkHillbilly. In these parts the case would have been tossed out of court for that reason and the arresting officer would have been ragged about it for the rest of his career.

    Now a civil case on the other hand I could see. Your parents could have been held liable for damages.




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  6. John Peabody says:

    Is F. Lee Bailey still practicing? This tyke might need him.




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