Man tries to appeal against Jesus' death sentence
05 August 2013, 10:08
The Hague - Dola Indidis is on a mission: to get the International Court of Justice at the Hague to overturn the conviction and death sentence of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.
The Kenyan lawyer is however finding his quest to be challenging as he wants to sue the government and religious leaders of Jesus’ day, including the Roman Emperor Tiberius, the Roman King Herod, the Judean Governor Pontius Pilate, as well as the Jewish chief priest, elders and teachers of the law, The Times reports.
Indidis also plans to go after the current governments of Italy and Israel, arguing that they inherited laws from the Roman Empire which in itself is a Herculean task.
In a statement to the Nairobian, Indidis said the reason why he filed the case, is because it’s his duty to uphold the dignity of Jesus and he has gone to the ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth.
Indidis went on to add that Jesus' persecution was selective and malicious and violated his human rights through judicial misconduct, abuse of office bias and prejudice.
Indidis previous efforts to file the case at the High Court in Nairobi in 2007, were futile as he was denied a hearing due to a lack of jurisdiction. For the International Court of Justice, it would be impossible to even consider the case, much less rule on it.
A professor of law at Columbia Law School is of the view that: When it comes to contentious cases, the International Court of Justice only has jurisdiction to hear claims that are brought by one state against another state. As this claim is not brought by a state, the ICJ would lack jurisdiction over it.
But that has not stopped Indidis, who appears to remain confident. He has a Facebook page asking for donations in support of his cause.
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