Thursday, August 1, 2013

Man sues over the death of Jesus claiming his human rights were violated.

File this under "you can't make this stuff up." 

A man has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice at the Hague in an attempt to get Jesus a new trial and overturn his conviction. Here is part of the report from the Jerusalem Post.
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 Israel.
“Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot discredit the Bible,” Indidis told the Kenyan Citizen News.
Although 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.

I am sure (OK, I am hoping) that there is more to this story. It seems unfathomable that he doesn't have a basic grasp of history to understand that you can't sue empires and governments for an act that happened 2000 years ago. The statue of limitations aside, how does one sue dead people and the government they represented when none of them exist? Furthermore, had Mr. Indidis spoken with any number of New Testament scholars they might have warned him that using the Bible as a basis for evidence in a legal dispute was probably not going to help him build a strong case. 

Nonetheless, it would be interesting to hear his cross examination of say Pilate or Caiaphas. 

Lawyer: "Where were you on the evening of Maunday Thursday?"

Witness: "Maundy what?" 

Lawyer: "Are you refusing to answer the question?" 

Witness: "Answer it? I don't understand it! You do know I have been dead for the last 2000 years, right?"


  1. I love your choice of graphic. "Centuwion, why do they titter so?"

  2. I suppose the Cadaver Synod could be quoted as precedent. And if the Caiphas ossuary really contains his bones, then there would be at least one set of remains they could put on the stand.

  3. James, yes that is true. And they also dug up Wycliffe and burned him.

  4. The Book of Zechariah 12:10 explicitly states that "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son”.
    The momentous petition by Dola Indidis at the ICJ in the Hague is envisaged to bring the Jews and the State of Israel to the realization that Jesus of Nazareth was innocently killed.
    David W. Nerubucha
    Nairobi, Kenya