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  • 12 April 2014, 18:06

Pakistan Baby Attempted Murder Charge Dropped

Charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan for allegedly throwing rocks at gas workers have been thrown out by a judge.

Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore, sitting on his grandfather's lap and drinking from a bottle of milk.

Police had accused the youngster and other members of his family of attacking officers, bailiffs, and gas company staff when they arrived to disconnect supplies of households who had not paid their bills.

However, the boy's grandfather, Muhammad Yassen, said: "He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly. How can he stone the police?"

Speaking at the hearing, defence lawyer Irfan Sadiq said: "Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error and Musa is not required."

The baby's grandfather and his three sons are still charged.

Pictures taken at an earlier court hearing of Musa screaming as he was being fingerprinted provoked a public outcry and prompted calls for an inquiry.

Critics claimed it exposed the "incompetence" of the police force.

The charges against Musa were in contradiction with Pakistan's minimum age of criminal responsibility, which is 12 except for terrorism cases.