This one really touched my heart as I listened to the story of mistaken identity which seems to happen all the time during mass incarcerations in Egypt. The charges against the young boy happened during a January 2014 protest by supporters of President Mohamed Morsy when he was removed from office.
The young boy was sentenced along with 115 defendants — all found guilty of killing three people and sabotaging public and private property.
Family members of a 3-year-old Egyptian boy who was sentenced last week to life in prison say they feel relieved after receiving assurances from officials that neither the boy nor his father will be arrested.
The boy’s father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, has 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.
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 sleeping as his father held him during the interview. Sharara began to cry, pleading for help. He said he was worried his son would be imprisoned.
But in the wake of the public outrage over the case, officials gave assurances that neither father nor son would be arrested again.
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Hopefully this problem is cleared up and Ahmed can go back home to his family. Many Americans don’t know how good they have it in this country, where they can protest and go home afterward.
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