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April 2, 2020 10:21 AM UTC

Bombshell ICC Complaint Sues China Over Alleged Coronavirus ‘Bioweapon’

A new lawsuit has been filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC), arguing coronavirus is a bioweapon.
  1. A new lawsuit argues coronavirus is a biological weapon made in Wuhan.
  2. The premise that coronavirus is a bioweapon has been debunked by several highly-cited scientific papers in the past.
  3. U.S. intelligence’s conclusion that China concealed information in itself carries significant merit.

A new lawsuit has been filed [PDF] with the International Criminal Court (ICC), arguing coronavirus is a bioweapon. The theory has already been debunked in the past by a paper published on the New England Journal of Medicine, but the argument is still consistently put forward.

The lawsuit—filed by Freedom Watch Founder Larry Klayman—recognizes that coronavirus emerged at an unplanned and unexpected time, despite establishing a theory that the virus was created to target the military of other countries.

China concealing coronavirus data reaffirmed by the U.S., but not bioweapon conspiracy

On April 1, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that the government of China concealed official coronavirus numbers in the country.

A woman wearing a face mask rides her scooter along a street in Wuhan, a city partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. | Source: NOEL CELIS / AFP

It echoed the sentiment of the lawsuit, which explicitly stated that China had been “suppressing medical reporting.”

The lawsuit reads:

With respect to China’s handling of the Wuhan Coronavirus by suppressing medical reporting, there is sufficient evidence that the Communist Party of China is guilty of crimes against humanity.

The major problem of the lawsuit is that it begins to state that coronavirus is a biological weapon made in Wuhan. The lawsuit alleges it was created to target the general population of countries like the U.S., ultimately to affect the military.

It further read:

Although it appears that the COVID-19 virus was released at an unplanned, unexpected time, it was prepared and stockpiled as a biological weapon to be used against China’s perceived enemies, including but not limited to the people of the United States.

While COVID-19 virus may be too slow acting and slow-spreading to be used quickly against an enemy’s military, it was designed to be used against the general population of one or more of China’s perceived enemy nations, such as the United States.

The argument that coronavirus is a biological weapon carries little merit as scientific papers have already evaluated the structure of the virus and linked it to a specific species of bats.

Scientists pointed towards the Chinese Horseshoe bat as the origin of coronavirus, which is likely to have spared in the Wuhan seafood market.

Scientists from the National Institute of Health (NIH) wrote in a paper:

Of course, scientists tell us that SARS-CoV-2 did not escape from a jar: RNA sequences closely resemble those of viruses that silently circulate in bats, and epidemiologic information implicates a bat-origin virus infecting unidentified animal species sold in China’s live-animal markets.

China concealing information has to be the main point

A strong argument can be made that China took a part in what eventually became a global pandemic by suppressing doctors and reporters early on from releasing key data about coronavirus.

But, when the lawsuit shifts to an argument that has been debunked scientifically in the past two months, it faces losing its merit based on scientific studies alone.

The U.S. Intelligence’s report that shows China’s efforts to hide sensitive information alone carries significant merit to convince the court that the country could have contained the virus much earlier.

U.S. Senator Rick Scott has also called for an investigation into the World Health Organization (WHO), for allegedly helping China cover up information.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

Last modified: April 2, 2020 10:22 AM UTC

Joseph Young @iamjosephyoung

Financial analyst based in Seoul, South Korea. Contributing regularly to CCN and Forbes. I have covered the stock market and bitcoin since 2013.

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