China sued over coronavirus in International Criminal Court
China, President Xi Jinping and others have been named in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court by Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman over the coronavirus outbreak, alleging the communists developed the coronavirus and it escaped from their labs.
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« The ruthless communist Chinese regime, which persecutes and terrorizes its own people, must be held to account, » Klayman said of his latest suit. He earlier sued China in U.S. federal courts to pay for coronavirus damages.
« It is a criminal regime, which arrogantly shrugs off its criminal responsibility by blaming the United States and the rest of the free world. I call on lawyers in nations around the world to join our effort to punish the guilty and have them thrown in prison where they belong, » Klayman said. « I also call on all persons of good intentions to join or follow and support our class action suit in Dallas, Texas, and I am actively amassing a team of lawyers to make sure that China, and not the American taxpayer, pay the bill for the human suffering and death which this rogue communist ‘terrorist state’ has caused. I am also assisting lawyers in other nations globally to bring similar legal actions. »
The criminal complaint submits a respectful request « that the prosecutors office of the International Criminal Court open an investigation to determine the origins of the COVID-19 virus including its likely release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the defendants’ willful interference with attempts to fight the spread of the disease and develop treatments, tests, and a vaccine and once the facts alleged herein are confirmed to conduct criminal war crimes prosecutions to and try, convict and sentence to life imprisonment the defendants herein. »
The complaint was submitted « in the matter of crimes against humanity and genocide by development of outlawed biological warfare weapons by the People’s Republic of China. »
Along with China and Xi,the suit also names members of the politburo, the People’s Liberation Army, the Wuhan Institute, the institute’s Shi Zhengli and Chen Wei of the army.
It alleges the defendants « failed to prevent the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s personnel from becoming infected with the bioweapon and then carrying the virus out into the surrounding community. »
Such actions violated a number of international treaties, the complaint contends, including the « Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons. »
The complaint alleges, « COVID-19 was designed by China to be a very ‘effective’ and catastrophic biological warfare weapon to kill mass populations. »
« The investigation that the ICC should undertake includes considering that biological weapons are rarely completely unfamiliar designs, but frequently are created by finding deadly diseases existing in nature, then refining them to become more deadly, » the complaint says.
The accusations include « recklessly and wantonly » creating « an unreasonable risk.
The defendants, the complaint says, « each and every one of them criminally acting in concert jointly and severally, by their wonton and irresponsible recklessness and negligence, the public release and spread of COVID-19 has caused the citizens of the United States and the world to suffer illness, death, medical expenses, economic disruption and damage, loss of employment and other great losses. »
Klayman said, « It is widely believed, based on expert analysis, that the COVID-19 virus leaked from a Chinese bioweapons facility in Wuhan, China, which also explains why the communist dictatorship initially locked down Wuhan, arrested government whistleblowers and kept the rest of the world including the United States in the dark. »