News | September 8, 2007
Christian group takes Italy, Israel to court over death of Jesus
A society of Christians has filed an
unprecedented case in Kenya seeking a constitutional interpretation of the
trial, sentencing and punishment or death of Jesus Christ.
On August 29,
2007, the Friends of Jesus, acting through Mr. Dola Indidis, a Christian, lawyer
and also the spokesman for the Judiciary, filed a petition in the Constitutional
Court in Nairobi against the States of Italy and Israel and a host of characters
featured in biblical accounts of the events leading to Jesus' crucifixion. Among
the respondents listed are Tiberius, the Emperor of Rome at the time; Pontius
Pilate, the Governor of Judea; the Jewish Chief Priest; Jewish Elders; Jewish
Teachers of the Law and King Herod. Kenya Civil Liberties Union has joined
proceedings as amicus curiae (friend of the court).
The advocate for the
plaintiff, Michael Chemwok from Chemwok & Co Advocates, Nairobi, filed a
certificate of urgency on August 30 in the Constitutional Court. He justified
the urgency by arguing that the application seeks to challenge the abuses used
in criminal prosecutions.
He also seeks to show that the origin of these
abuses, which if unresolved to date, undermine the propriety and dignity of
courts worldwide and condone, without redress, malicious prosecution and
judicial misconduct in the trial, conviction and sentencing of Jesus Christ as
portrayed in the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy in the Holy Bible,
the Holy Torah and/or existing Roman laws.
The Petitioners are
challenging the mode of questioning used during trial and sentensing of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, the form of punishment meted out against him and the
substance of the information used to convict him. They also challenge the law
that was used to convict him and claim that the trial was a nullity in law
because all proceedings in the Roman Courts in 42 BC-37 AD "did not conform to
the rule at the material time".
The urgency of the petition is founded
on the need to establish that a wrong was meted out to Jesus Christ of Nazareth
and address it since it is an issue of utmost importance to all Christians and
which has sparked a fervent religious debate in and outside of the country.
They add that it is also an issue that affects all courts, parliaments
and sanctifiable places where the Bible is sworn by. Through a three judge
bench, the petitioners requested that the Republic of Italy and the State of
Israel be served through their respective consuls and ambassadors to Kenya for
their failure to intercede and correct these matters and incorporation of the
laws from the Roman Empire, which were applied during the trial of Jesus, into
their current laws.
They request that all documentation be forwarded to
the International Criminal Courts registry for determination under the Roman
Statutes. The records of the Bible have stood for more than 2007