Pakistan baby cleared of attempted murder charge; police probed

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 April, 2014, 3:10pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 April, 2014, 5:32am


A Pakistani court yesterday threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, in a case that highlighted endemic flaws in the country's legal system and provoked widespread ridicule.

The court also launched a separate case to look into how police pressed charges against baby Musa Khan after his family clashed with gas company officials in a working class neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore.

Police lodged a case against the whole family.

The case drew international attention and sparked ridicule against the Pakistani criminal justice system, after the toddler was photographed crying his lungs out while being fingerprinted in court. His grandfather was later seen trying to comfort him with a milk bottle.

Inspector Kashif Muhammad, who was at the crime scene and pressed attempted murder charges against the baby, has since been suspended.