Toddler gets life in prison for rioting in Egypt

Ahmed Mansour Qorany

Feb 23: In a surreal verdict, a military court last week found the boy, Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara, and 115 other people guilty of killing three people and sabotaging public and private property during a political demonstration in January 2014.

Ahmed was 16 months old at the time of the alleged crime.

The guilty verdict, handed down February 16, provoked an uproar after which The military released a statement the following day saying the person wanted in the case was a 16-year-old who had fled authorities, and who had the same name as Ahmed.

Family members of a 3-year-old Egyptian boy say they feel relieved after receiving assurances from officials that neither the boy nor his father will be arrested.

When the police first came to arrest Ahmed in early 2014 and realized he was a toddler, they took the boy’s father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, into custody instead. Sharara was detained for four months before a judge released him.

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Sharara has now returned to the family home in the southern Egyptian province of Fayyoum after nearly 18 months on the run. He had been avoiding authorities who had previously detained him when they came to arrest his young son.

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