The suffering and death of Jesus Christ led to his resurrection, as recorded by historical events from the Bible. In Christianity, the commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death is called Easter. It is a period that comes after the Lenten period which is characterized by 40-day fasting. The Easter period stretches to another 50 days, which is ended by Pentecost Sunday.
To a lot of Christians, Easter is a day to look forward to because it was what led to the emanation of Christianity. East Africa is one of such places Christians look forward to Easter. It is no surprise why in 2013, a Kenyan lawyer sought to get justice for Jesus Christ. His argument was that the trial and crucifixion of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago was unlawful.
A former spokesperson of the Kenyan lawyer, Dola Indidis, petitioned the International Court of Justice (ICC), based at The Hague, to nullify Jesus’ conviction and death sentence.
In a report by Standard Media, Indidis said “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. His selective and malicious prosecution violated his human rights through judicial misconduct, abuse of office bias, and prejudice.”
The New Testament stated that Jesus was arrested on the ground of Blasphemy, after stating that he was the son of God while performing miracles. The Jewish authorities took Jesus to the Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, who told them he did not have the jurisdiction to preside over the case, and then sent them to King Herod. King Herod sent them back to Pilate.
Pilate found him not guilty of all the charges but consented to his crucifixion because the Jewish crowd demanded it.
As reported by the Daily Mail, in his case, Indidis challenged the “mode of questioning used during Jesus’ trial; the punishments meted out to him while proceedings were still underway, and the substance of the information used to convict him.”
His vision was that the court would declare “the proceedings before the Roman courts were a nullity in law for they did not conform to the rule of law at the material time and any time thereafter.”
He further stated that “some of those present spat in his face, struck him with their fists, slapped him, taunted him, and pronounced him worthy of death.”
“The government for whom they acted still is answerable for their actions,” were his words as he included modern-day states in the suit because they have previous ties to the Roman Empire. In his statement on Kenya’s Citizen TV, Indidis said that “Pontius Pilate was acting under the government of Rome, which was headed by Caesar. Evidence today is on record in the Bible, and you cannot discredit the Bible.”
He furthermore highlighted the case of Joan of Arc who was burned at the stake. Her verdict was reversed years later, after her death, by a papal commission. In relating the two situations, Indidis state that “the judge who sentenced him said that he had no jurisdiction to attend to the matter but he went ahead to convict and pass a capital sentence under duress.”
Many Legal practitioners argued that the Kenyan Lawyer was fighting an already lost battle, this is because the ICJ was instituted to settle disputes between two member states, therefore, it has no jurisdiction over the case. The Kenyan lawyer was reported to have turned to ICJ because the case he filed with the Kenyan government in 2007 was dismissed.