A Kenyan lawyer has filed a petition with the International Court of Justice in
The Hague, suggesting that the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was
unlawful, and the State of Israel among others should be held responsible,
Kenyan news outlet the Nairobian reported on Friday.
Dola Indidis, a
lawyer and former spokesman of the Kenyan Judiciary is reportedly attempting to
sue Tiberius (emperor of Rome, 42 BCE-37 CE), Pontius Pilate, a selection of
Jewish elders, King Herod, the Republic of Italy and the State of
“Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot
discredit the Bible,” Indidis told the Kenyan Citizen News.
those he suggests should have been convicted during the original trial have not
been alive for more than 2,000 years, Indidis insists that the government for
whom they acted can and should still be held responsible.
“I filed the
case because it’s my duty to uphold the dignity of Jesus and I have gone to the
ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth,” Indidis told the Nairobian. “His
selective and malicious prosecution violated his human rights through judicial
misconduct, abuse of office bias and prejudice.”
Indidis apparently named
the states of Italy and Israel in the lawsuit because upon the attainment of
independence, the two states incorporated the laws of the Roman Empire, those in
force at the time of the crucifixion.
He is challenging the mode of
questioning used during Jesus’s trial, prosecution, hearing and sentencing; the
form of punishment meted out to him while undergoing judicial proceedings and
the substance of the information used to convict him.
The case was first
filed in the High Court in Nairobi but was rejected. Indidis then applied to
have it heard at the ICJ.
Indidis says he wants to establish what crime
Jesus was charged with and prays that the court decides “that the proceedings
before the Roman courts were a nullity in law, for they did not conform to the
rule of law at the material time and any time thereafter.”
“Some of those
present spat in his face, struck him with their fists, slapped him, taunted him,
and pronounced him worthy of death,” Indidis told the Kenyan news website
Standard Media (SDE).
When Jesus died, Indidis insists, he was not given
an opportunity to be heard.
“I am suing as a friend,” he
Indidis insisted on the validity of his case, saying “I know with a
matter of fact and truth we have a good case with a high probability of success
and I hope it is done in my lifetime.”
When asked about the case, an
official from the ICJ told legal news website Legal Cheek, “The ICJ has no
jurisdiction for such a case. The ICJ settles disputes between states. It is not
even theoretically possible for us to consider this case.”