Baby Accused of Murder Plot Goes Into Hiding in Pakistan

A 9-month-old Pakistani baby accused of raiding a state-run gas company and plotting to murder police has gone into hiding following his first court appearance last week.

Alleged infant criminal mastermind Muhammad "Musa" Khan was charged with conspiracy to commit murder Feb. 1, along with his father, grandfather and around 30 others. The group was protesting an increase in gas prices and a lack of available electricity in their area.

Baby Musa was granted bail in a Lahore court last week, and has another court appearance scheduled for April 12. His family hasn't decided whether he'll show up.

"Police are vindictive. Now they are trying to settle the issue on personal grounds, that's why I sent my grandson to Faisalabad for protection," the baby's grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, told Reuters.

It's also become more clear how the baby was charged with a crime in the first place: A police sub-inspector apparently claimed in a report that Yasin's entire family beat him up during the protest. That sub-inspector has since been fired.

"[Musa] does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?" Yasin asked at the child's court appearance last Thursday.

[H/T: The Wire, Photo: YouTube]