Beijing has rejected any attempts by other countries to discover the origin of the COVOID-19 virus, (also known as the CCP Virus,) as they continue to cover up any evidence that will implicate them for the rapid spread of the virus.
During the early weeks of the virus’s emergence in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the knowledge about the virus was kept from the public. Anyone who tried to share the information was sought out and punished.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) focused on keeping control by suppressing information rather than suppressing the virus.
The deliberate attempts to deceive their people and the rest of the world have led to questions whether the CCP can be held legally accountable. Lawsuits have already begun, reported Fox News.
One Israel-based attorney who specializes in bringing terrorist regimes and state sponsors who instigate human rights abuses to justice on behalf of victims believes that by covering up the CCP Virus Beijing could be held legally responsible.
Darshan-Leitner told Fox News, “Generally countries like China have sovereign immunity and governments cannot be brought to regular courts or held liable regardless of their conduct.” She added, “However, an argument could be made that just like support for terrorism, which is legally actionable, a government that engages in such reckless disregard and negligence and covers up an epidemic, which has the potential to spread worldwide could be held legally liable.”
She said, “Coverups and deliberate acts to conceal a deadly medical crisis are not [among] the protected acts of a sovereign state or of responsible leaders.”
And she determined that if any private party, such as a hospital, health care worker, or chemical company knew of a deadly and highly contagious disease and deliberately concealed it from the public, they would obviously face civil and criminal charges.
“Why should a local or national government be any different? Clearly, China signed treaties and had a duty under international law to report the virus and not cover it up,” she continued. “China is not to blame for creating the virus but for not sounding the international alarm and trying to conceal it from the world.”
“The PRC and the other defendants knew that COVID-19 was dangerous and capable of causing a pandemic, yet slowly acted, proverbially put their head in the sand, and/or covered it up for their own economic self-interest,” the complaint states.
“The defendants’ conduct has caused and will continue to cause personal injuries and deaths, as well as other damages.”
The Berman Law Group in Florida filed a class-action lawsuit against the People’s Republic of China (PRC), alleging the regime has created a “giant Petri dish” by withholding virus information from the public.
A recent study has revealed that the number of infections may have been slashed by 95 percent. The U.K.’s University of South Hampton report also indicated had the CCP acted three weeks earlier to stem the flow of the virus, the geographic spread would also have been significantly less.
Axios compiled a timeline of events that began on Dec. 10 in Wuhan, when the first patient infected with the CCP Virus began showing symptoms, and in less than a week, health officials in Wuhan had determined it was a new virus. Doctors knew the virus was capable of human-to-human transmission in December, as medical staff had begun to succumb to the infection.
Party officials were informed about it on Dec. 27, and after doctors alerted each other and health workers on WeChat three days later, they were reprimanded for leaking the information. Authorities made the announcement that they could see “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus,” a message repeated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
President Xi Jinping had taken control of the response to the infection, and weeks later, on Jan. 18, the Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet took place, where tens of thousands of citizens gathered together, after which the CCP Virus spiraled out of control. Other regions in China followed suit, even as Wuhan was put into lockdown as late as Jan. 23. The damage had already been done.
“Suing a government for mishandling something like the coronavirus is not likely to be a winning lawsuit in just about any country in the world,” surmised Dan Harris, the founder of the international law firm, Harris Bricken, affirming that payment collections regardless would be tough, reported Fox News.
“The Chinese government does not have much in the way of assets outside China and courts there are not going to let you pursue China government assets in China. Chinese state-owned companies have assets outside China, but most countries count that differently.”