Pontius Pilate, King Herod and Others to Face Trial at The Hague?

Kenyan attorney Dola Indidis

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has been asked to revisit a 2,000-year-old case–convening a re-trial of Jesus Christ and prosecuting those responsible for his unlawful conviction.

Dola Indidis, a Kenyan lawyer who is former spokesman for Kenya’s Judiciary, has built his case on facts which you already know:  that Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate was invalid, because it was “conducted in a manner contrary to a fair trial.”   Indidis hopes to persuade the ICJ to issue a declaratory judgment that the trial judgment and sentence entered were badly done, and were therefore null and void.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Indidis 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. A Kenyan TV report adds Palestine to that list of criminal offenders who are being sued by Indidis on behalf of a group called “Friends of Jesus.”

This is not the first time Mr. Indidis has brought his case to court.  He first filed in 2007 in Nairobi, in Kenya’s High Court; but that court ruled that it had no jurisdiction.  He then took his case to the UN’s top judicial body, where he hopes it will receive a formal hearing.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Indidis acknowledges that the persons responsible for Jesus’ conviction and execution are dead.  However, he believes that the governments and agencies for which they worked can and should be held responsible.  He included the modern nations of Italy and Israel in the suit because when those nations were founded, they incorporated into their charters the laws of the Roman Empire. The JP reports:

Ecce Homo (“Behold the Man”), Antonio Ciseri’s depiction of Pilate presenting a scourged Jesus to the people of Jerusalem.

“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 … is challenging the mode of questioning used during Jesus’s trial, prosecution, hearing and sentencing; the form of punishment meted out to him while undergoing judicial proceedings and the substance of the information used to convict him.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi considers the exercise futile, at least from a theological viewpoint.  Rev. Maloba Wesonga, spokesman for the Archdiocese, said, “As we know it, the trial had to happen.  We must understand that Jesus was not vulnerable and nobody can do justice to God.”


  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    By who’s laws and values will the case be judged on? Ancient Roman law? Ancient Israel? 21st century values or those 2000 years ago? If the Hague accepts the case, it will be one of the biggest wastes of money I have ever heard.

    • Darren

      The Jerusalem Post version of this story points out that, not only has Mr. Indidis’s case been thrown out by the Kenyan courts, but that the Hague has stated they have no intention of considering it.

      Here I was hoping for something akin to Miracle on 34th street, but with Jesus…

      • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny


  • Darren

    The case would just end up thrown out when the sole
    surviving witness, Jesus, failed to show up for the trial.

  • hizgem

    Mr. Indidis needs to read the scriptural and historical accounts. Israel is not responsible. The responsibility lies with Pilot and only Pilot. Read the facts. Pilot washed his hands but had the authority. Do not incite antisemitism.