What’s the statute of limitations for deicide? One lawyer intends to find out.
Dola Indidis, a Roman Catholic and onetime spokesman for the Kenyan Judiciary, intends to charge the Roman Emperor Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, King Herod, a number of Jewish elders, and the modern states of Italy and Israel with the unlawful trial and subsequent crucifixion of Jesus, nearly two thousand years ago. Yes, he’s suing the Jews (well, at least, the Jewish state) for killing Christ.
As reported on Tuesday afternoon by The Jerusalem Post, citing Kenyan news outlet The Nairobian:
Evidence today is on record in the bible, and you cannot discredit the bible,” Indidis told Kenyan Citizen News.
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,” Indidid 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.
Crazy at it may sound, part of me hopes this does make it to court, if only to once and for all put an end to the the question of whether Jews killed Jesus (SPOILER: Nope). After all, it was David Irving’s failed lawsuit against Deborah Lipstadt which, in effect, established the legal case that Holocaust denial is, in fact, denial of fact. Wouldn’t life be easier if, the next time some jerk starts huffing and puffing about how the Jews killed Jesus, instead of delving into the complicated historical reasons why they’re wrong, you could just yawn, and point to a court ruling?
Unfortunately, it looks like the case might never see the light of day. The Post continues:
When asked about the case, a spokesperson from the IJC 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.”
Still, I’m gonna have to start going through my spam-folder a little more carefully; Instead of “offers” for $500,000, my next email from a Kenyan lawyer might just be a court summons.