9-Month-Old Implicated in Attempted Murder Charge in Pakistan
A 9-month-old baby was fingerprinted and booked by a Pakistani court, accused of attempted murder because the boy allegedly threw bricks at police officials who had come to his house to collect on an unpaid bill. More from CNN.com:
The ordeal started February 1 when several police officers and a bailiff went to a home hoping to get payment for a gas bill, said Atif Zulfikar Butt, a senior police official in Lahore.
A scuffle ensued, during which the infant’s father, one of his teenage sons and others in the residence severely injured some of the officials by tossing bricks their way, according to Butt.
That led authorities to seek out those in the house. An official document aired by CNN affiliate GEO News shows charges of stoning and attempted murder.
How and why the baby was implicated was unclear, though the Lahore police official acknowledged that the child appeared in court Wednesday and was booked as his grandfather held him.
“The police filed a wrong, false arrest charge sheet and brought this innocent 9-month-old into this court room for an appearance,” the family’s lawyer, Irfan Tarar, said.
Following media coverage of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed police to immediately suspend a Pakistani official for registering the case against the baby boy, according to police.
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