I do not want to hurt my karma doing evil..
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The government couldn't do it and asked Apple. They refused. After a certain number of false or wrong tries the phone not only locks itself but self destructs rendering it worthless. It is to try and keep people from stealing them. Ask the owner.
You don't - it is called security and theft protection.If you do need access ask the owner to transfer the phone into your name and Itunes account or contact Apple.