Lawyer on quest to nullify trial of Jesus

The conviction of Jesus by Pontius Pilate may be the most famous court verdict ever — and perhaps the most consequential, since it led to Christ’s crucifixion and the founding of a global religion.

Now a Kenyan lawyer wants to overturn Pilate’s decision, though he wants to keep the faith that flowed from it.

“The selective and malicious prosecution (of Jesus) violated his human rights,” said Dola Indidis, a Roman Catholic who is petitioning the International Court of Justice, based at The Hague, to nullify Jesus’ conviction and death sentence.

Indidis, a former spokesman for the Kenyan judiciary, accuses Pilate, who was the Roman governor of Judea, of “judicial misconduct, abuse of office, bias and prejudice.”

That may well be the case, at least in the view of believers and many Bible scholars. But getting a court to rule on a 2,000-year-old case from an outlying province in a long-defunct empire will not be easy.

Indidis first brought his case before the Kenyan High Court in Nairobi in 2007, but the court refused to hear it, saying it lacked jurisdiction.

Now he is turning to the International Court of Justice, often referred to as the World Court, which is best known for ruling on territorial disputes between members of the United Nations.

Officials at The Hague would not confirm or deny that they have received a petition.

But Indidis seems undeterred and points to the example of Joan of Arc, the 15th-century saint who led the French to major victories against the English before she was captured and burned at the stake. A quarter-century after Joan’s death her conviction was overturned by a papal court, and in 1920 she was canonized.

Indidis’ petition has surprised Christian leaders in Kenya. The Rev. Maloba Wesonga, a spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, said the exercise was futile, at least from a theological point of view.


6 thoughts on “Lawyer on quest to nullify trial of Jesus

  1. As a lawyer this yo-yo might make a fair truck-driver.
    ….and to cite ‘Joan-of-Arc’ vs The Crown is an absurdity; Papal dicta don’t ~ and never did ~ have any legal standing. Divine delegation carries no weight in law.

    In any case, Pilate didn’t judge the Jesus trial; he merely ruled, as an appellate jurisdiction, upon the legality and kosher procedure of he Sanhedrin.
    He found, correctly, that there were no compelling grounds for appeal.

    Moreover, the over-riding consideration may have been that if the prisoner was determined to commit ‘suicide-by-cop’ then he, Pilate, had no moral right to stand in his way.

    Free Will is, after all, of no value if its exercise isn’t permitted.


    • Does the atheist Mr. Doddlés now believe that Jesus accurately predicted his own death and resurrection? And who does he believe the Father of Jesus is?

      The Father loves me because I lay down my life, to receive it back again. No one has robbed me of it; I am laying it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to receive it back again; this charge I have received from my Father.

      Hmmm. Will Mr. Doddlés honestly answer the questions? One suspects not.


      • Why would one suspect not?? Have I ever been accused of being a shrinking violet?

        1… No, I don’t believe “Jesus (if he ever actually existed) accurately predicted his own death and resurrection” on several grounds, including the inaccurate ‘interpretation’ of the irrelevant, nebulous rantings and ravings of ancient self-proclaimed ‘prophets’.

        2…I think it’s obvious as a boil on your nose that the father of ‘Jesus’ was Joseph of Arimathea who, equally obviously, also sired the Baptist.

        Ever seen a movie called ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ ??
        If not, do. It makes the whole silly yarn plausible.


      • So .he believes the Bible was written by men who only imagined they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write.

        BUT FIRST note this: no one can interpret any prophecy of Scripture by himself. For it was not through any human whim that men prophesied of old; men they were, but, impelled by the Holy Spirit, they spoke the words of God. — 2P§1:20-21

        But he cannot even quote the Bible accurately. For one of the many references in the Bible, in which Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection, is…

        THEY WERE going about together in Galilee when Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be given up into the power of men, and they will kill him; then on the third day he will be raised again.’ And they were filled with grief. — Mt§17:22-23

        …and here is one of many references in which the Bible intimates the Father of Jesus is the Holy Spirit…

        THIS IS the story of the birth of the Messiah. Mary his mother was betrothed to Joseph; before their marriage she found that she was with child by the Holy Spirit. Being a man of principle, and at the same time wanting to save her from exposure, Joseph desired to have the marriage contract set aside quietly. He had resolved on this, when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph son of David,’ said the angel, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary home with you as your wife. It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child. She will bear a son; and you shall give him the name Jesus (Saviour), for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this happened in order to fulfil what the Lord declared through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and he shall be called Emmanuel’, a name which means ‘God is with us’. Rising from sleep Joseph did as the angel had directed him; he took Mary home to be his wife, but had no intercourse with her until her son was born. And he named the child Jesus. — Mt§1:18-25
        The Father of the Son of God is the Holy Spirit.
                So, in reality, the atheist Mr. Doddlés clearly imagines what he believes others have imagined. Heh, heh, heh.


  2. He might be better employed doing God’s work amongst the present day people such as the lame, blind, deaf, crippled, poor as Jesus suggested.


  3. If I remember correctly, John Wycliffe was exhumed and burnt about a century after his death and his ashes spread over the local river. Maybe this is attempt by Mr Pie-in-the-sky African Lawyer is some sort of Catholic fetish?


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