It’s true, according to the Jerusalem Post, although there are reasons to question the age listed on the child’s birth certificate. Among these are the fact that some of the crimes of which he has been convicted occurred two years ago. He would have been two at the time.
According to the indictment, the exorbitant charges against the youngster include four counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder, vandalizing property belonging to the Egyptian Health Administration in his home province of el-Fayoum (located some 70 kilometers southwest of Cairo), threatening soldiers and police officers and damaging vehicles belonging to security forces.
Mohammed Abu Hurira, one of the lawyers representing Karni, wrote of the sentence:
On the eve of injustice and madness in Egypt, a four-year-old child was sentenced to life imprisonment…. The Egyptian scales of justice are not reversible. There is no justice in Egypt. No reason. Logic committed suicide a while ago. Egypt went crazy. Egypt is ruled by a bunch of lunatics.
The sentencing touched off a firestorm on social media as well.