Pakistani baby 'in hiding' after attempted murder charge

Nine-month-old, Mohammad Musa, has his fingerprints taken by a Pakistani lawyer

Nine-month-old Musa Khan in a 'secret place' after being charged with trying to kill gas workers in a riot

LAST UPDATED AT 10:57 ON Wed 9 Apr 2014

THE family of a nine-month-old baby have been forced into hiding, after their young child was charged with attempted murder by Pakistani police.

One officer has been suspended and an official inquiry has been launched in the wake of the farcical case that saw nine-month-old Musa Khan fingerprinted in a police station for his supposed involvement in a riot in one of Lahore's slums.

The child's grandfather said that the family had moved to protect themselves from the intense pressure they had been subjected to by local police. "We have had to move to a secret place because we are poor and the police are putting huge pressure on us to manipulate the case," Muhammad Yasin said.

When forced to make an appearance in court, Musa sat on his grandfather's lap and had to be comforted with a bottle of milk.

The episode has "shone an embarrassing light on Pakistan's shambolic criminal justice system," The Guardian says, in which underpaid and ill-trained police can often lay false charges due to either corruption or individual incompetence.

According to a report filed by police, Musa was one of a number of people who tried to kill gas company workers as they attempted to disconnect houses who had not paid their gas bills. People living in the area, including Musa, were reported to have thrown stones at the gas company staff and the policemen accompanying them.

Locals insisted that the protest was peaceful. "There were only women in the houses at daytime and they resisted this discontinuing of supply," Yasin said. "Later we blocked the road and raised slogans against police."

Analysts say that the practice of charging entire families is sometimes used as a form of collective punishment. The judge presiding over the case granted Musa bail and ordered police to explain why they had brought the charges.

Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, ordered an immediate inquiry into the case.

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He's lucky not to have been charged with blasphemy & apostasy as well. Such charges would make as much sense.

Love it. Upon finding that they'd charged a 9 month old with premeditated murder, obviously the local police double down on stupid and try to intimidate him into confessing. That's some fine police work, Lou

At that age he has a religion "There is no God but Mama"

I am so sick of these stupid animals. Can't we just carpet bomb them all and start over? Leave the women in charge maybe?

At the that age the only word he would be able to say is mama or papa(dada). A whole confession even a whole sentenance is asking a lot. So if the next kid playing throws a rock thats attempted murder??!!!!!

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