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9-month-old charged with murder in Pakistan

The family's lawyer, Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq, said the case "exposes the incompetence of our police force and the way they are operating."
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   April 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

LAHORE, Pakistan, April 8 (UPI) -- 9-month-old Musa Khan was arrested with his father and grandfather for murder after a mob protesting higher gas prices stoned police and gas workers trying to collect overdue bills.

Baby Musa appeared in court Friday sitting on his father's lap with a bottle in his mouth. He cried when the court officials took his fingerprints and his grandfather had to help him dip his finger into the ink to sign his bail.

"He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?" said his grandfather Muhammad Yasin.

The minimum age for criminal responsibility was raised from 7 to 12 in 2013 but in this case, the judge waved the requirement. The lawyer for the family, Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq, said this could have been avoided if they just referred the case to a higher court.

"The court should have simply referred the minor's case to the High Court to drop the charges against the innocent child and acquit him from the case...this case also exposes the incompetence of our police force and the way they are operating."

The family says the police fabricated the charges to evict the family from their land.

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