Time magazine writes that Dola Indidis, a lawyer in Kenya, is attempting to get the International Court of Justice at the Hague to overturn the 2,000-year-old conviction and death sentence of Jesus Christ. Since the target of the lawsuit are the religious leaders of the time (Emperor Tiberius, King Herod, Pontius Pilate and the chief priests) it is proving somewhat of a challenge.
“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.”
According to The Daily Mail, Indidis hopes to rely on the precedent set in the case of Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who proclaimed herself a warrior sent by God to deliver France from the English, whose trial and conviction was later found unsound.
However, as Anthea Roberts, professor of law at Columbia Law School, explains, Indidis will apparently not succeed. “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. Even if the claim were to be brought by a state, it also needs to be brought against a state, which does not seem to be the case here. And, even then, the two states will need to have consented to the ICJ having jurisdiction to hear the type of case in question … In this case, it is not clear what international law might have been violated and, even if there was such a violation, it is not clear that the relevant states have consented to the ICJ having jurisdiction over the dispute.”
Just the same, Indidis is collecting donations through his Facebook page is confident that his case will be successful.