It is an unprecedented case of Biblical proportions. A Kenyan man has filed a case with the International Court of Justice demanding that the court overturn the ruling by Pontius Pilate that saw Jesus Christ of Nazareth crucified over 2,000 years ago.
What’s more bizarre, the Hague-based court has constituted a panel to hear the case.
The man who’s filing the case is Dola Indidis, on behalf of the religious group Friends of Jesus Christ. The group first brought the case before a Kenyan high court in 2011, but the court declined the case, explaining they had no jurisdiction. That’s understandable as Jesus was not crucified in Kenya.
As to why these friends of the Christ are pursuing the case in an international court, Indidis explained, “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.”
A lawyer for the religious group, Mr. Humphrey Odanga, had told news agencies in 2011 that it was important for the Friends of Jesus to prove that the messiah was no criminal.
“The trial of Jesus, his crucifixion and his conviction violated the laws of the time, and must be corrected by modern law. Crucifixion was intended, in Roman law in force at the time, for crimes of theft , treason, rape and contempt of the Emperor,” Odanga said.
“We want to establish a court to make things clear, that Jesus was not a criminal. Do we worship a convicted criminal?”
Watch Indidis’ interview with Kenya’s NTV below.