9-month-old Pakistani boy granted bail; policeman suspended

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A Pakistani policeman has been suspended for charging a 9-month-old boy with attempted murder after his family members allegedly threw bricks at officials trying to collect an unpaid bill.

The child, Mohammad Musa, was seen crying as he and 30 others accused in the case were forced to appear in court. The child was booked as his grandfather held him, the Agence France-Presse reported.

They group was booked for allegedly throwing rocks at gas company officials carrying out an anti-theft inspection in Lahore on Feb. 1, the family’s lawyer, Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq  said.

How and why the baby was implicated was unclear.

Following media coverage of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed police to immediately suspend inspector Kashif Muhammad, who initially charged the child.

Judge Rafaqat Ali Qamar granted the child bail, though he will have to appear at the next hearing April 12, AFP reported.

“The court should have simply referred the minor’s case to high court for dropping of the charges against the innocent child and acquit him from the case as the minimum criminal responsibility age is seven,” Mr. Sadiq said.

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