A family of five in West Africa is facing the prospect of facing a $20,000 fine for their son’s death because of the lack of justice after he was killed under the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The father of six, from Mali’s western-most region, was killed on January 22, 2018, when he was playing with his four-year-old brother, Mohamed.
The family has been ordered to pay a fine of $20 and face three years in prison if the case is not dismissed by April 30.
But the family’s lawyer, Marie-Claude Guillou, told Al Jazeera that she will not give up hope of winning a settlement.
“My hope is that he will receive justice,” she said.
“This family has to pay their fine and it has to be done within the law.
The courts are not equipped to do this and it is a matter for the courts.”
The father’s lawyer did not comment on the possibility of a plea deal, but said it would be “very difficult” to find a settlement that will satisfy the family.
“There is no other way for the father to be freed,” Guilloul said.
Her case, which is one of several similar cases brought under the Convention on Children and Armed Conflict, was brought to the attention of the UN Human Rights Council, which launched a criminal investigation into the case.
The UN has also launched an investigation into what role, if any, the Government of Mali played in Mohamed’s death.
The government has denied any involvement in the death, and a spokesperson said the family was not given a chance to contest the charges against them.
“The family was informed of the criminal investigation that was launched against them by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, but we are not informed of any investigation,” the spokesperson said.
It is unclear how many of the thousands of people currently awaiting trial are in Mali’s military detention system, which the UN says has been used to detain thousands of civilians for more than two years.
The Government of West Africa has denied that it has committed any crimes against the country’s population.
A spokesman for the UN mission in Mali, Alain Valls, said: “This is a case where a child has been killed under a criminal code provision, but the investigation is not focused on whether or not the child was killed unlawfully.”
The family had asked the court to order a retrial, as the government was not allowed to provide evidence in their case.
“We have requested a trial with the family, the prosecutor and the defence.
We want to find out whether there was any negligence or negligence by the authorities,” Guilou said.
The child’s death was also condemned by human rights groups.
“I don.t. think I would ever look again at my own son.
It’s really very sad,” the mother of the four-month-old, said.