A Kenyan lawyer has petitioned the International Court of Justice to annul the trial and death sentence against Jesus Christ, nearly 2000 years ago. Dola Indidis is also suing Israel, Italy, King Herod, Pontius Pilate, various Jewish "wise men" and the Roman Emperor Tiberius for what he considers an illegal trial which “violated Jesus’s human rights”.
By Alejandro Pintamalli
“Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot discredit the Bible,” the lawyer told the Kenyan website Citizen News.
After failing to convince the Kenyan High Court in Nairobi to hear the case, Indidis decided to turn to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, even though the institution only rules on territorial disputes between member states of the United Nations.
It’s unclear whether Indidis’s petition has actually been in the Peace Palace, headquarters of the ICJ. According to an ICJ spokesperson, quoted by the AFP news agency, “it’s not even theoretically possible for the court to do the case”.
The lawyer’s petition is based on the interrogation Jesus was submitted to during his trial. The evidence was inconsistent, argues the lawyer, and Christ was tortured during the pre-trial phase. “His selective and malicious prosecution violated his human rights through judicial misconduct, abuse of office bias and prejudice.”
Jesus of Nazareth was accused of blasphemy against the Jewish religion and sedition, according to Roman law. He was tried on the first count twice by Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest. The second count was heard by Pontius Pilate, when Judea was an autonomous region within the Roman Empire.
According to Indidis, the Jewish wise men known as Sanhedrin committed numerous mistakes during the trial and Jesus’s sentence was based on flimsy evidence.