Fact Check: There Is NO International Court 'Grand Jury' Case About Alleged COVID Crimes By Public Health Officials, Others

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  • by: Dean Miller
Fact Check: There Is NO International Court 'Grand Jury' Case About Alleged COVID Crimes By Public Health Officials, Others Sham Court

Does this video show the first day of an authentic hearing before an international court with recognized and enforceable power to convene a grand jury weighing criminal charges? No, that's not true: It's a fake court proceeding. Although the video shows what looks like a courtroom in which a licensed lawyer summarizes what his "witnesses" will later tell "jurors" about "the other side" and urges that they "recommend indictments," no government recognizes the "World Criminal Court" referred to in the video's captions. It is a fictional organization and not the real International Criminal Court, located in The Hague, Netherlands.

The video of the fake hearing was posted on multiple platforms, including this February 6, 2022, BitChute version (archived here) captioned "YOU WANT THE TRUTH? HERE IT IS !! GRAND JURY TRIAL BEGINS INTO CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY - DAY 1." It opened:

This is a small part of the Main Video. Most people struggle to watch 20 minutes let alone the full 90 minutes. The Grand Jury of the World Criminal Court begins Investigation into Crimes Against Humanity - DAY 1 This video shows attorney Reiner...

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YOU WANT THE TRUTH? HERE IT IS !! GRAND JURY TRIAL BEGINS INTO CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY - DAY 1

This is a small part of the Main Video. Most people struggle to watch 20 minutes let alone the full 90 minutes. The Grand Jury of the World Criminal Court begins Investigation into Crimes Against Humanity - DAY 1 This video shows attorney Reiner...

The docket of the International Criminal Court at the Hague lists no such case against the defendants named by Reiner Fuellmich, the lawyer making the fake opening statement. Fuellmich is an attorney licensed in California with an office address in Göttingen, Germany. Fuellmich's law firm's website says he practices consumer protection law and is prosecuting a crimes against humanity case against public health officials and others who have urged vaccination against COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the International Criminal Court at the Hague, when answering inquiries made for a prior debunk of a Fuellmich claim, emailed Lead Stories in December 2021 that outside lawyers like Fuellmich have no standing to act as prosecutors in the multinational court. They added that the court can only prosecute individuals and not institutions or states. The spokesperson said there is no case such as the one Fuellmich describes.

Fuellmich says, in the BitChute video, that the "grand jury" will hear evidence of crimes against humanity committed by German virologist Professor Christian Drosten, M.D.; chief White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci; World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Microsoft founder and vaccinology philanthropist Bill Gates; COVID vaccine manufacturer Pfizer Inc., and multinational investment management corporation BlackRock Inc.

It is unclear if Fuellmich or the person adding Fuellmich's video to BitChute added the small logo in one corner that says "GRAND JURY" in large print over a small print: "The Court of Public Opinion."

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(Source: bitchute.com screenshot taken Thu Feb 10 at 01:18 2022 UTC)

In his 18-minute opening statement, Fuellmich does not caution that the "hearing" is fake.

Fuellmich speaks formally, using several terms with specific courtroom meanings, not in their everyday/colloquial sense:

  • Three times, including at the 5:25 mark, he uses "putative defendant," the term U.S. Justice Department policy directs prosecutors to call a person against whom a grand jury has substantial evidence of criminal wrongdoing;
  • Twice, he uses the specific legal form of "indictment," including at the 5:20 mark, when he says "At the conclusion of the case and after you have heard all the evidence, we are confident that you will recommend indictments against all six putative figurehead defendants."
  • Four times, he uses the noun form of "witness," including at the 0:48 mark, to describe people he says will "testify."

Lead Stories has debunked false claims by Fuellmich about COVID on 12 occasions prior to this (archived link to list of debunks here).

In researching one of the previous fact checks, Lead Stories wrote to the California State Bar to confirm California has licensed Fuellmich as an officer of the court and to learn if he has suffered any Bar sanctions for making false statements about COVID vaccines, about public health officials and for pretending to be a prosecutor in an international court's trial of "crimes against humanity."

In a January 6, 2022, email to Lead Stories, chief Bar Counsel George S. Cardona wrote in response to specific questions about Fuellmich:

By law, the State Bar of California cannot confirm whether there is an investigation or publicly release any possible complaints. However, all licensed attorneys in the state must adhere to the State Bar's rules and regulations, including Rule 8.4 (c): It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud,* deceit, or reckless or intentional misrepresentation.

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  Dean Miller

Lead Stories Managing Editor Dean Miller has edited daily and weekly newspapers, worked as a reporter for more than a decade and is co-author of two non-fiction books. After a Harvard Nieman Fellowship, he served as Director of Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy for six years, then as Senior Vice President/Content at Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Most recently, he wrote the twice-weekly "Save the Free Press" column for The Seattle Times. 

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