Published: 2017-12-14 11:14
Last Updated: 2017-12-14 11:14
A 14-year-old boy may be sentenced to death in Lebanon after he killed three people, including his father, and attempted to murder four others.
Beirut’s First Investigative Judge Ghassan Oueidat called for the death penalty due to the scale of the crime, a judicial source told Lebanese news site, The Daily Star.
According to a psychological report, there was no evidence that the child, Ali Younes, had mental health issues that would make him ineligible for trial.
Younes was arrested for shooting multiple people with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, including father, Mohammad Hussein Younes, as well as two other men identified as Mohammad Aadan al-Marabi and Mansour Ahmad Abdel-Salam. The injured were identified as brothers Bassam, Mohammad and Ali Chehab and Salwa Hamad Mansur – the wife of the late Mansur Ahmad.
However, the coordinator of child protection NGO Himaya’s legal unit, Basima Rummani, told The Daily Star that children cannot be sentenced to death in Lebanon.
“Lebanese law does not allow for minors to be sentenced to death at all, no matter what the scale of the crime they committed, the most they can be sentenced to is ... several years in prison,” she said. “Will he be sentenced to death? No way. What kind of judge would call for the death penalty, even if it’s an indictment, it’s laughable,” she added.
During investigations with a juvenile commissioner, Younes reportedly said he has accidentally shot his father in the neck. He went on to shoot at anyone he encountered, reportedly because at one point he had heard a gun being loaded and another time by saying he thought a gun had been drawn on him.
Younes added he had been trying to escape the house after being beaten and abused by his father, saying that he had once burned him with a heated skewer. Younes claimed he left the house with the weapon and ammunition because he knew that his father would run after him and “get him.”